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Is he saving her from her demons…or introducing her to his own?
When the Institute for Parapsychological Research answers Lesley Campbell’s letters, at first she hopes there’s a light at the end of her long, dark tunnel. A tunnel haunted by terrible premonitions and her grandmother’s enigmatic words about a stone handed down through generations of her family.
“The opal has been our curse and our salvation.”
But the IPR turns out to be just another dead end…and her hasty retreat sends her straight into the arms of Jon Hollister, a man whose gentle manner makes her feel something she hasn’t felt in a long time. Alive. Uneasy, restless. But alive.
She hopes to find safety at Iron Ridge, Jon’s remote estate. But something lurks in the desolate wilds of the Upper Peninsula. Something sinister. A scarred man walking the windswept shore. An ominous tower full of secrets. The tragic death of his first wife.
And Lesley begins to wonder if love compelled Jon to sweep her off her feet…or a desire as deadly and powerful as the stone she carries.
This Retro Romance reprint was originally published in 1975 by Ballantine.
A Topaz brooch is the key to her life…and her death.
The last thing Risa remembers is the accident. Knocked unconscious, she wakes up to a completely changed reality. The people around her are strangers, she’s wearing strange clothes, and even her face isn’t the same.
Fleeing back to her home for answers, Risa is horrified to discover that a whole year has passed. And that she’s been declared dead! Convinced she’s going mad, she turns to an old family heirloom—a topaz brooch—for answers. But sometimes the answers you receive are worse than the questions…
This Retro Romance reprint was originally published in October 1975 by Ballantine Books.
Dark secrets lurked…in the House at Canterbury.
When Anne Medford arrived in Canterbury she was happy and excited for the chance at a new life. Eager to start her new teaching position, she was also glad for the chance to restore the house she’d inherited from her father. But the house is more than it seems, and before long its sinister nature is wreaking havoc on her new life and her new love for Jeremy Blackstock.
When Anne finally discovers the secrets the mysterious Jeremy is hiding from her, it is far too late—for she has already unleashed the horror long buried in the house at Canterbury…
This Retro Romance reprint was originally published by Pocket Books in October 1975.
Sometimes secrets are better left buried.
Janella Maki never felt as though she truly belonged. Haunted by bouts of amnesia and strange visions of her mysterious childhood, she is desperate for answers. When a strange man enters her life and introduces himself as her Uncle Lucien, Janella is eager to accompany him to her long lost home.
Leading her to a remote house, Lucien reveals the nightmares that her forgotten childhood was shielding her from. Possessed of supernatural powers, powers gained through occult rituals, powers beyond her control—Janella knows that through her, evil has been unleashed on the world.
This Retro Romance reprint was previously published in March 1976 by Ballantine.
A family inheritance, a forbidden love, and a faceless enemy—can Beth endure it all?
Lost at sea along with her parents as a young child, Beth Worthington shouldn’t have survived. Years later, she is returning to her family estate to claim her inheritance only to be appalled to discover what awaits her—a crumbling home, hostile people, and a violent uprising fomenting in the countryside.
Beth already cheated death once, but she knows with a sudden certainty that her life is once more at risk. Someone is trying to kill her. And number one on the list of suspects is the man she is beginning to fall in love with—her own brother!
This Retro Romance reprint was originally published in May 1974 by Pocket Books.
She was drowning in the nightmares of her past…
At six, Mara was found in the waters of Lake Michigan. With no memories of how she got there or where she came from, she only knows she has a psychic talent—perhaps one inherited from her unknown relatives.
Adopted by a kindly judge, Mara has grown to adulthood always yearning to discover the secrets of her past hidden in her nightmares. Stumbling across a deck of tarot cards, Mara gleans some clues to her past and follows them to the lakeside cottage of her childhood. But sometimes secrets are meant to be buried, and the past is best left alone.
This Retro Romance reprint was published in January 1975 by Avon Books.
When dark forces want you dead, sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.
Having survived a devastating attack, Bebe is working hard to get her life back together. Taken under the wing of an elderly doctor, Bebe has begun work as an RN, determined to make something of her life.
Helping to run an emergency room in California’s Central Valley, Bebe is on duty when a dead man is brought in. At least, they all believe he is dead… But really, he is just the first sign of what is to come. For the evil that stalked Bebe has returned, and this time she may not escape.
This Retro Romance reprint was originally published in 1973 by Avon Books.
N Cozz: A dragon who fears becoming an outcast lays a wrong color egg. It’s not in her nature to destroy it. Is that alien machine outside her cave her answer?
Earth: What happens when a young woman born to die and an impossible beast fall in love?
A nice little read. The story starts with Sussie having more questions than answers as she tries to make sense of things her Grandmother taught her, her dreams, and what about this new doctor in town? With her faithful cat Cleo at her side, Sussie tries to understand what life has in store for her. Bio Jane Toombs has eighty plus published books to her credit as well as twenty-some stories and novellas. She writes in most genres, but paranormal is her favorite. Jane and the Viking from her past are snowbirds. Along with their grandcat, Kinko, they spend summers on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula and winters in Central Florida's lake country. Her website is www.JaneToombs.com and she enjoys hearing from readers.
Eight DISTINCTIVE AUTHORS offer new, short, exciting Tales from the Treasure Trove-each featuring a sparkling jewel! Eight COMPELLING COUPLES discover romance, suspense, forces of nature, or the supernatural. Eight ENTERTAINING SITUATIONS feature destined lovers, wild men of the past and present, deadly gems…or even creatures of fantasy come to life! Christine DeSmet (Dame Moonstone) Carrie S. Masek (Dame Topaz) Nancy Pirri (Dame Sapphire) Jane Toombs (Dame Turquoise) Cassie Walder (Dame Bloodstone) Janet Lane Walters (Dame Amber) Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst) C.J. Winters (Dame Tanzanite)