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Author: Kelly Moran

Kelly's been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her, and that there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself.

She began her writing career in the Indie market, becoming the recipient of an Editor's Choice Award, a Finalist in the 2008 Best Book Awards, and a Finalist in the 2009 Indie Excellence Awards before moving into traditional publishing. Her books not only have honors from the top review sites, but from NY Times bestsellers too. She is a respected reviewer and a Romance Writers of America member.

Kelly's interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, Darren, three sons, Logan, Evan, & Ethan, and her black lab, Willow. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

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New Tricks - A Redwood Ridge Romance

New Tricks
  • Number: B01N0WN5PQ
  • Release: 2017-09-26
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Lyrical Shine
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Loving someone is something you never forget how to do . . .

Zoe Hornsby has enough on her plate. Her pet grooming business tucked inside her friends’ veterinarian clinic is busy, and all her free time outside of work is dedicated to caring for her mother’s ailing mind. Dating is certainly not on her agenda. For all she cares, the town gossips of Redwood Ridge, Oregon, can set their matchmaking sights on someone else. Because no way would she consider sexy veterinarian Drake O'Grady her perfect guy. Once upon a time, she may have harbored a little crush, but he’d only had eyes for her best friend. And the crazy attraction building between her and Drake now? Down boy, down.

After Drake lost his wife to cancer, he’s finally clawed his way out of grief and beginning to feel more like a part of the human race. But he’s appalled to learn his prying family thinks he's ready to jump in the dating pool. And the woman they thrust at him couldn’t be more inappropriate. As his dead wife’s best friend, Zoe is off limits. Even if they seem to share a common sadness, she is too potent a personality to get romantically tangled with. Yet she’s making his heart beat and blood roar like he never thought it could again. And he doesn't want to just exist anymore . . .

“Tracking You is sunshine, inspiration, humor, and heart rolled into one small powerful package. One taste is never enough.” —Night Owl Reviews, 5 stars, Top Review Honors


Benediction - Cattenach Ranch

Benediction
  • Stars
  • Number: B07234SY39
  • Release: 2017-08-08
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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As a child, Nakos Hunt left behind the familiarity of his Native American Arapaho tribe for time on Cattenach Ranch. Now the foreman, he's happily settled into his life, but the girl who befriended him all those years ago suddenly has him twisted inside out. He craves stability and purpose, and Amy Woods is anything but a calming presence. Though she's unbelievably gorgeous and about the only person who can drag a laugh from him, he's never been able to understand her. Then a moment changes everything, and an urgent need to protect her rises inside him. And doesn't let go. So does an aching desire and a bond he can't seem to control, no matter how hard he fights the need.

She's no one's version of ever-after...

Amy's not a stranger to disappointment. She's spent the majority of her life pulling up her bootstraps and flipping Karma the bird. Once, she may have dreamed of things like happiness and love, but those were for other people. Nakos has never been someone she deserves, yet the attraction between her and the meticulous sexy-as-sin cowboy is undeniable. And too tempting to ignore. Not only is he strong, patient, and respectful, he's showing her a kind of romantic passion she didn't think existed. But the secret she's keeping could shatter their perfect bubble, and when an old nightmare comes crawling back from the past, she realizes losing Nakos will be the one thing she can't recover from.

"Benediction is friends-to-lovers done oh so right! I devoured this book!"

~Laura Kaye, New York Times & USA Today Bestseller


Redemption - Cattenach Ranch

Redemption
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B06XKYBZVT
  • Release: 2017-06-13
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Nearly the last remaining member of Olivia Cattenach's family has just died overseas and left her overcome by grief. But when a soldier shows up at her ranch with a final message from her brother, she finds new purpose. Nathan Roldan is as formidable as they come. Bulging muscles and inked to boot, he looks like every bit the bad boy he claims to be. Except, under his shuttered gaze and behind his walls lies a gentle giant. Determined to carry out her brother's wishes, she chips away at Nate's layers and discovers more pain than any person should ever have to endure. And a passion she never dreamed was possible.

He's not the hero she thinks he is...

Nate's mistake got a fellow comrade killed, and a deathbed promise to take care of the guy's sister lands him in Wyoming with the hope of redemption. But he wasn't expecting...her. Beautiful, witty, and sweet, Olivia is everything he doesn't deserve. Born a nothing, he'll die a nothing. Though guilt is a living thing, temptation is too hard to resist. Somehow, she's unleashing his restraint and unearthing feelings he buried long ago. He wants her. More, he's worried he needs her. She's trying to save him, but when she learns the truth, he'll lose the only happiness he's ever known.

"An emotionally raw story with beautiful prose. A compelling read."

~Katie Ashley, New York Times & USA Today Bestseller


Tracking You - A Redwood Ridge Romance

Tracking You
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B01LJKQJ8G
  • Release: 2017-05-23
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Lyrical Shine
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Love isn't always loud. Sometimes it's silent.

Gabby Cosette has always been dubbed the good girl of quaint Redwood Ridge, Oregon, and being permanently put in the friend zone has left her dating life stagnant. With no prospects in sight, she clings to her friends and resolves to not let loneliness drag her under. So when the town Battleaxes set their matchmaking sights on her, she figures it can't hurt. Yet the guy they think is perfect for her just happens to be not only her boss at the veterinarian clinic, but her best friend. Sure, Flynn O'Grady is attractive and the nicest guy around, but going there with him would topple both of their carefully constructed worlds and there would be no going back. Even if he is starting to make her girly parts zing.

Having been born deaf, Flynn has already felt like an outsider most of his life. Aside from his brothers, Gabby is about the only person who's gone out of her way to treat him as more than a handicap. Which is exactly why he's banked his secret attraction for his sweet, beautiful vet tech. Except his meddling family is trying to play Cupid and ruin the best thing to ever happen to him. Without Gabby, his work as a veterinarian, never mind his personal life, wouldn't flow. Determined to ignore the antics, he's secure in the knowledge she's not interested in him romantically. But then a kiss changes everything . . . and he's wondering if taking the ultimate shot at love might be worth the risk. Fans of Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, and Shannon Stacey will enjoy Moran's Redwood Ridge series.


Counterbalance

Counterbalance
  • Stars
  • Number: B01N5HSTMH
  • Release: 2017-03-21
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: KDP
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She’s a beauty, but he’s just a geek.

The world might think billionaire Xavier Gaines has it all, but he’s got a big problem. His successful software company is about to sign a government contract that’ll land him smack in the glare of the public limelight, and his lifelong battle with social anxiety has marked him as a cold, uncaring bastard in the eyes of the press. To dispel the unflattering image, he needs help, and there’s only one person he trusts with the job—Peyton Smoke. Gorgeous, kind, and funny, she agrees to be his media relations director and soon imbeds herself so deeply in his life, his world will crumble if anything upsets the balance. He cannot screw up their solid unit. No matter how achingly he desires her. Yet, how is he supposed to resist when she tugs emotions from him he didn’t think he was capable of experiencing? Especially since it appears he’s not the only one fighting their undeniable attraction.

Ever-after just might be possible...if he can convince her to believe in love again.

Peyton Smoke is looking for a change, and working at Gaines Industries has given her the boost she needs to fill the empty void in her life. Xavier is the perfect boss. Under his seemingly callous, frigid demeanor lies a compassionate man who cares about causes and those precious few he lets into his inner circle. What she wasn’t prepared for is the smoldering passion suddenly flaring between them, nor the hot-as-sin alpha side beneath the layer of sexy nerd. Getting involved with him puts more than her job at risk. She’s been trampled one too many times, and she vowed never to leave herself vulnerable again. But the heart wants what the heart wants. If only she can figure out whether his feelings are genuine or if this is a mistaken case of gratitude wrapped in lust, then their shot at forever may not seem like such a fruitless hope.


Puppy Love

Puppy Love
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B01HA426NC
  • Release: 2017-02-28
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Lyrical Shine
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This playboy has met his match, and she's organized...After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter, Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian. The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it appears playing Cupid is one of them.

 

Cade O'Grady has never met a woman he couldn't handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one night cradling an injured puppy, he's struck stupid. Which might explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she's working for his family's clinic, he doesn't have to lust from a distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery--and her too-guarded heart--that falling for the right man isn't a mistake . . .


Winter's Path - A Seasmoke Friends Novel, #2

Winter's Path
  • Number: B01GOOWT40
  • Release: 2016-08-02
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: KDP
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My name is Matt Holcomb, and I'm the good guy. The boy next door. I'm the safe bet and I always do the right thing. Then one night two years ago, I made a terrible mistake that caused irreparable damage, and the guilt is killing me. If I'm ever to make the leap and find love again, the woman would have to be perfect. She can't disrupt my carefully constructed control. I met my best friend Jenny Winter as a teenager and have loved her ever since. She's gorgeous and talented. Her voice could make angels weep. Yet she chose someone else and I swore I'd never fall for her again. Until something happens between us and passion ignites. But she's not the right woman for me, and crossing the line with her would not only change everything, it'll take away the only good thing I have left.

*A stand-alone novel with a HEA*


Summer's Road

Summer's Road
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B01BJXQOVA
  • Release: 2016-04-05
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: KDP
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After her father's death, Summer Quinn is alone in the world. With no family to fill the void, she finds comfort among friends. But her boyfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level, and suddenly there's an unexpected attraction building between her and her best friend, Ian Memmer--a man who's never settled for one woman. And now her estranged mother has reappeared. As secrets from her family's past and Ian's true feelings emerge, she's faced with choices she's not sure she can make. Happiness hinges on forgiveness and opening herself to love, even if it's not where she expected to find it.

Top Review Pick from Night Owl Reviews & The Romance Reviews!

*A stand-alone novel with a HEA*


Exposure

Exposure
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B016TPTMXA
  • Release: 2016-01-18
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Contemporary
  • Publisher: KDP
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The greatest pleasure comes from losing control...

Noah Caldwell has spent ten years biding his time for the chance to tell his best friend Raven Crowne the truth. He wants her. With the threat that brought him to her in the first place finally behind him, they begin a hot affair he's only dreamt about. And reality is far better than fantasy. Yet beautiful Raven has her own dark history, one he's trying desperately to release from her. But as their passion deepens and turns into more, his past rises up from the shadows to claim one last victim...and Noah could lose the only person he can't live without.


Ghost of You - Phantoms, #3

Ghost of You
  • Number: B014CQ0VSI
  • Release: 2015-09-21
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Ghost hunting just got sexy.

The safest place is with the guy she doesn't trust...

It's no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike...and unexpected attraction. Cain knows full well that something about him rubs Sammy the wrong way. But now they're on a terrifying case-with orders from the network to get along or else.

Filled with past horrors, the Nebraskan site is more than creepy. And Sammy knows it all too well. It's her hometown and near the place where her mother was killed. As the sinister presence makes itself known, Sammy finds herself turning to the last person she ever expected-Cain. Even as darkness surrounds them, tensions gives way to something bright and unexpectedly intimate. But nothing will prepare them for the evil they are about to face...


All of Me - A Covington Cove Novel, #2

All of Me
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425276884
  • Release: 2015-09-01
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley
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A “fantastic”* new romance from the author of Return to Me and "one of the top 10 reads of 2013"**...

For ten months, bestselling novelist Alec Winston hasn’t been able to type a single word, and he’s coming dangerously close to breaching his publishing contract. An invitation from his brother to spend the summer in Wilmington Beach might be just the thing to blast through his writer’s block. Yet Alec discovers more than a spark of inspiration on the sunny sands. He meets an amber-eyed muse who makes him think about much more than books . . .

Faith Armstrong has finally gathered the courage to leave her past behind and accepted a job as a private tutor, hoping for a fresh start on the North Carolina coast. This is the home she’s always longed for—not just a place, but a state of mind. She’s felt invisible her whole life, so the host of new friends and the attention of a sexy author have her head spinning.

But Alec has a secret that could prove this isn’t the life Faith dreamed of after all . . .

* Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author

** Kathy Altman of USA Today on The Dysfunctional Test


Give Up The Ghost - Phantoms, #2

Give Up The Ghost
  • Number: B00X3HITLY
  • Release: 2015-05-26
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Ghost hunting just got sexy.Sometimes the only way to find love is to face death...

Paranormal investigator Kerry Baker has seen it all. But nothing in her work with the Phantoms team prepares her for the most terrifying ghost of all-seeing her doppelganger. Rumored to be a foreshadowing of one's death, the spectre shakes Kerry to the core...sending her into the arms of her best friend and fellow Phantom cast member, Paul Leake, for comfort.

Until a kiss changes everything.

Paul has been in love with Kerry for ages, unwilling to compromise their friendship. As their investigation in a ghost town grows more intense, however, so does the chemistry between Paul and Kerry. With her life in danger and their jobs on the line, giving into their attraction couldn't be a worse idea-and yet they can't bring themselves to stop it. Even if it kills her...


Return to Me - A Covington Cove Novel, #1

Return to Me
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425276877
  • Release: 2015-03-03
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley
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With every beat of the heart comes a memory of what could have been?

Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted?including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him?

At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.


Ghost of a Promise - Phantoms, #1

Ghost of a Promise
  • Number: B00R6AVJM0
  • Release: 2015-01-26
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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A Catherine Award-Winning book from bestselling author Kelly Moran!

It might be love, but will they survive the night?

The ghosts of her family's estate on the coast of Maine never troubled Ava Trumble. When she finally inherits the historic mansion, however, there's a small string attached: Ava has exactly one year to solve a 200-year-old mystery of a missing girl, or lose her family's home...

The lead investigator for paranormal TV show Phantoms, Jackson Granger, is prepared for any metaphysical encounter-until now. It's not just the uncanny sense of "coming home" or even his reaction to the fiery redhead who seems to consume his every waking thought. No, it's that the ghosts are using Jackson and Ava's attraction to play out a centuries-old tragedy. Heartbreak. Loss. Overwhelming passion. Now Jackson and Ava must determine if they're sharing something real...or if they've been possessed by a love that never died.


The Dysfunctional Test

The Dysfunctional Test
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781619216624
  • Release: 2013-09-24
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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You are cordially challenged to a test of true love.

Growing up in her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic became an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point.

Worse, if her family finds out she’s single again, her sister’s upcoming wedding will be a disaster. The bride-to-be has a plan, though. A plan that involves an old friend, a pretend relationship…and the probability of ending up in a padded cell. This time for real.

Troy Lanske agreed to the crazy plan only because, when he was a lonely foster child, Camryn was his lifeline. But she isn’t the idealistic girl he remembers. She’s become so jaded that she doesn’t even believe in love anymore.

He sets out to restore her faith in happily-ever-afters, but his plan backfires when the fake relationship begins to feel all too real. Falling for the one woman he can’t have could mean losing more than just his honorary family. He could lose everything.

Warning: Contains a Playgirl-material hero and a woman who thinks she couldn’t be any more wrong for him. Enter one “Big Fat Overly Romantic Serbian Family”. Sit back and watch the magic happen. Enjoy!


The Drake House

The Drake House
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B016APPG84
  • Release: 2012-09-30
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: KDP
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In her dreams, a ghost demands to be heard...

Once plagued by mysterious nightmares, Trisha Eaton always chalked them up to childish nuisances--until they return with a vengeance. Something about the Drake house next door haunts her, and now her night terrors and sleepwalking seem to be luring her to something dark. After a series of strange events, Trisha turns to Nick Mackey.

As the new deputy in town, Nick wants to forget his traumatic past. His undeniable attraction for Trisha has him wondering if a shot at a normal life is possible. But Trisha has somehow struck a nerve in their small, superstitious town, and a long-buried secret threatens to surface again. A secret that someone will kill to keep veiled.

Answers only lead to more questions in a case where nothing makes sense, but one chilling fact remains...some nightmares are all too real.


When the Leaves Stop Falling

When the Leaves Stop Falling
  • Number: 9781430324751
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Main :)
  • Tags:
  • Publisher: LuLu
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Serena Edwards wanted nothing more than to return home, little white pills and all. However, while on the daunting roadtrip home she meets a stranger with saddened eyes and scars of her own. A woman who was becoming an unexpected and welcomed friend. Courtney Morgan had escaped unspeakable abuse ten years earlier. She's safe and content at present, that is until a wanderer with a rooted secret gives her a sudden urge to hop in the car and flee again. Austin Edwards had dreaded his entire life for the call. So his sister was returning home, but who was this woman with her? Who was like an innocent and a fantasy all at once. Jake Warner knew nothing except Serena was coming home. He had a sinking suspicion it wasn't good, but why did he care? He didn't still love her. Who was he kidding.


An Insomniac's Dream - A Collection of Poems and Short Stories

An Insomniac's Dream
  • Number: 9781413773446
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Main :)
  • Tags: * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Kelly Moran's collection of poetry addresses topics that range from love and dreams to despair and grief. Her sonnets grab your attention and move you any way you look at it. Her eclectic blend of short stories are both heart stopping and intriguing. They delve into the unknown and, whether you are superstitious or not, make you think. This book is the perfect blend for souls who love a good story and are willing to keep an open mind. At times the gut-wrenching verses draw you to tears while the short stories have an inexplicable way of making the tiny hairs on the back of your neck stand up at attention, and give you an urgent need to look behind you.


Beyond the Clouds

Beyond the Clouds
  • Number: 9780557080717
  • Release: Out Now
  • Authors: Kelly Moran, Amanda Lee Psket, Sara Ann Appel
  • Genre: Main :)
  • Tags:
  • Publisher: LuLu
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"...Poetry as refreshing as that of Emily Dickinson." ~Author Geri Ahearn on AN INSOMNIAC'S DREAM, by Kelly Moran. In this beautiful and inspiring poetry collection, three talented and unique voices are heard- One out of sadness and grief, one through faith and love, and one from beyond the grave. Sure to make a great addition to any coffee table or gift idea.


Idle Thursday

Idle Thursday
  • Number: 9780578005935
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Kelly Moran
  • Genre: Main :)
  • Tags: * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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As narrated through the eyes of a dead housewife, this literature novella reads like a forbidden journal. Relaying the day she died, through the subsequent events following, the author takes you on a humorous and sometimes heart-breaking portrayal of life after death, forcing you to open your mind and heart to possibilities beyond what we think we know. Impossible to put down, it will make you laugh, cry, and think- Right up to the satisfyingly surprise ending.


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