Mary Kay McComas was raised in the Great Pacific Northwest city of Spokane, Washington. Third of six children. Mary Kay went to college, and for ten years after that she worked as an intensive care nurse in a hospital.
Then she met her future husband, a lawyer, and her Prince Charming. The couple moved to the Shenandoah Valley in Northern Virginia, and raised four wonderful children.
After Mary Kay's children came along she didn't think things could get any better. But guess what, they did! On a dare from her husband to "write a better novel than that," Mary Kay took a stab at writing something longer than a letter and more fun than a college term paper.
It was not Mary Kay's intention to start a third career as a writer. However, as luck would have it, she was fortunate enough to find an encouraging agent and helpful, supportive editors. She hopes her stories will bring a little happiness into your life!
Some of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors present five all-new stories told through the looking glass—including a new Eve Dallas novella!
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Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.
Don’t be afraid to follow them…
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Featuring twins, triplets, and multiple identities, this is a whimsical, romantic tale about the perils of living someone else’s life
It starts when Katherine Asher’s sister makes a date with two different men. When she asks her triplet to take her place with one of them, Katherine tells herself this is the last time she will agree to a bait and switch. That is, until the take-no-prisoners attorney meets her date. Architect John Wesley is nice, well mannered . . . and drop-dead gorgeous. And he thinks he’s kissing her sister Corrie!
Pretending to be his twin brother has its occasional perks, but meeting “Corrie” makes Peter wish he had gotten there first. When he finds out who she really is—with two sisters who are mirror images of one another—he realizes that he and Katherine have a lot in common. Until they find themselves on opposite sides of an explosive case.
The One for Me is a delightful story of love and romance . . . and being yourself.
An enigmatic cop and a beautiful bartender become enmeshed in a morass of secrets, lies, and irresistible passion
The stranger who shows up at Kelly Branigan’s bar tells her his name is Baker. No first name. No intimate details. The attraction is instant—and unstoppable. They share a sizzling, toe-curling kiss. But Baker is off limits because Kelly has one ironclad rule: Never date a cop. If she only knew . . . Baker didn’t just happen to walk into the Brooklyn tavern by chance. Before this night is over, Kelly will become an unwitting pawn in a sting to take down a dangerous criminal.
For Baker, getting close enough to win her trust is one thing. Falling for the sensual beauty who hails from a long line of cops just ratcheted up the stakes. Now, keeping Kelly safe is the number-one priority for the Chicago cop. Keeping his hands off her is a close second . . .
In this captivating romance, nothing is what it seems
The last place Noah Tessler wants to be is stranded in the Nevada desert. But the Chicago diplomat is on a mission to find the woman who seduced his brother fifteen years ago . . . and the boy who is heir to the Tessler fortune. But single mom Michelin Albee is not at all what Noah expected. Neither is Gypsum, a one-horse ghost town waiting for the next revival of the Hollywood Western.
The tall, broad-shouldered hunk who Mich just towed to safety is clearly a stranger to these parts. She has no idea what brought Noah here, but he has already charmed the auto mechanic who harbors secret dreams of being a champion arm wrestler. And Mich’s teenage son has taken to Noah like he is one of them. But what happens once she discovers that the man she’s falling for is not who he claims to be? Will she and Noah lose their chance for a future together—their chance to be a family?
A novel that asks the age-old question, Does true love really exist?
Leslie Rothe wants to believe in love. But the data research analyst has just about given up on finding the One. Her life changes the day she crashes her car into a stranger’s truck. Suddenly, Leslie is stranded in the Rocky Mountains with a man who awakens treacherous desire within her—and there is no hope of rescue in sight.
Joe Bonner loves the mountains, and will do everything in his power to preserve his Western ancestors’ sacred legacy. Now he has found a woman who shares his passion for the land. But he soon discovers that Leslie works for a developer who is out to destroy the pristine wilderness that Joe is fighting so hard to save. Has he given his trust to a woman fated to betray him? Or has he found a love that transcends differences—a love to have and to hold in his heart forever?
Sometimes love comes when you least expect it . . .
Between her career and raising her sister’s orphaned little boys, industrial-planning consultant Jan Harper doesn’t have time for romance. Famous last words. From the moment she meets tall, dark, swoon-worthy Kevin Toliver, she is in danger of losing the one thing she swore never again to give: her heart.
When he walked into the boardroom of Toliver, Inc., Kevin was expecting a man—not a wholesome beauty with painful memories. But the New York entrepreneur is quickly drawn to Jan, even following her back to Pleasant Valley, Colorado, to offer the promotion of a lifetime. Try as she might, Jan can’t deny the powerful attraction between them. Can Kevin help her move beyond the secrets of her past and find that special place where love can thrive and bloom?
Recipient of the Washington Romance Writers’ Outstanding Achievement Award.
Two single parents find love in small-town Idaho
Jack Reardan is not easily seduced. But the beautiful, outspoken new high school English teacher is raising the temperature of every red-blooded male within striking distance. And tongues start wagging when Jack makes up his mind to get to know the skittish single mother a little bit better.
The most eligible man in town is exactly the type that Beth Simms vowed to stay far away from. Jack Reardan might be an upstanding citizen with a delightful daughter, but Beth knows better than to trust that sexy smile. Even if her toddler son calls him “daddy” . . . even if the passion heating up between them could ignite the whole town. Then Jack whispers those three little words, and Beth knows she has finally come home—if she is ready to take a chance on a love that could make two families one.
Once upon a time? in a world far removed from the days when fairy tales were new, five bestselling authors spin versions that take the classic stories into a new dimension. You’ll recognize Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and other enduring characters, but they’ll exist in realms beyond your imagination, where the familiar is transformed into the extraordinary and otherworldly.
One unforgettable encounter sends Colt McKinnon on a tireless search for a gorgeous siren—regardless of the consequences
From across a crowded nightclub, Colt McKinnon locks his eyes on Hannah Alexander. His fixed gaze, flush with confidence and ease, holds her steadily—and takes her breath away. At first, she dismisses him as a relentless flirt, but soon the two are together on the dance floor. After a magical kiss, though, Hannah walks away into the night before he can learn more about her. Calling out to after her, Colt receives no response—what he doesn’t know, however, is that Hannah is deaf and did not hear his cries. Determined to find the captivating woman who fills his every thought, Colt searches for the mysterious beauty—but will the truth about who she is and how she lives be more than he can handle? If not, his actions will have to speak far louder than his words.
Destinies collide when two strangers find love in a moment of chaos
Holly is navigating a crowded Los Angeles International Airport terminal when the earthquake hits. Dazed, she fails to notice the ceiling crumbling above her. But in one swift motion, a stranger tackles her, saving her from certain death as tons of debris crash only feet from where they fall, locked in an embrace. Drawn together in a split second, Holly and Oliver find a bond they never could have expected. Can the love built in a single, dramatic moment really be the result of a passion that has spanned many lifetimes?
A woman’s search for enduring romance leads her to a television dating show, and into the arms of a man who seems just a little too perfect . . .
Sydney Wiesman is looking for an electric, passionate love—and she’s willing to do anything, even go on a television dating show, to make it happen. Tom Ghorman seems to have it all; he’s smart, sexy, and funny. But, even though he was the best of the three suitors Electra-Love offered her, their first date was a monumental disaster—and now she has rehash it for everyone to see. As she faces a public display of complicated emotions, Sydney must decide if Tom is the guy of her dreams or her worst nightmare . . . and she is far from knowing all of his secrets. Will she give in to the unpredictable romance Tom offers, or will she return to a life of waiting for boundless love?
Two heartbroken neighbors weigh the risks of their irresistible attraction
Ms. Augusta Miller has experienced more than her fair share of disappointment. A promising violinist, she once played with the New York Philharmonic—but after a career-ending injury, she wound up in a small-town elementary school, teaching music classes and giving violin lessons on the side. Desperate for a quiet, stable refuge, Augusta pretends not to notice her cocky, and rather handsome, next-door neighbor, a recent divorcé and single father. But Scott Hammond, the new high school principal, is hard to avoid—and it’s obvious that he feels their chemistry, too. Can Augusta overcome her past and take a chance on love again?
Two people, locked in a bitter battle, find their lives forever changed by the irresistible pull of an ancient legend
Harriet Wheaton is out of options. Her manor house on Jovette Island is in foreclosure and, in a desperate attempt to save it, she invites Payton Dunsmore to view her home. She feels sure that once he sees how important it is to her, he will stop pressing for the foreclosure and compromise with her. But when Payton arrives, it’s not the house that captures his attention. He’s undeniably drawn to stubborn, passionate Harriet, but still has no intention of saving the manor. Past the point of an amicable resolution, Harriet plays her last card, marooning them on the island and turning to the old Jovette legend that those who arrive as enemies will leave as lovers. But will the legend really work its magic and save her family legacy? And will Harriet be able to hold onto Payton’s heart without knowing if his passion is part of a spell or the real magic of love?
This good girl can’t help but go after the alluring, unpredictable man who is just passing through town . . .
Is it possible that the gorgeous guy across the street is actually staring at her? Ellen Webster can hardly believe it; she thinks she’s far too ordinary to attract the attention of a handsome, edgy man like Jonah Blake. Yet he continues to stare. Ellen has always been unfailingly kind to others, and on this particular day it has cost her a parking spot and her place in line at the deli. On top of it all, she is about to be passed up for a promotion she rightfully deserves. She has reached her wits end, and with the aid of a small volume of helpful go-getter hints, Ellen sets her sights on what she wants, starting with the striking, dangerous Jonah. But this man is clouded in mystery, and may be more than Ellen bargained for.
Guarded secrets and a lifetime of lies haunt what might be Esther Brite’s only chance for a future with the rugged Dr. Jacobey
Esther Brite overcame her tough, mining-town roots, seizing stardom with her talent for songwriting—but she harbors a dark past. After a car crash claims her husband and baby boy, Esther returns to her hometown, only to fall ill with pneumonia. She is at the mercy of the town’s new doctor, the brusque, handsome Daniel Jacobey. But as she recovers, she learns that during her years away from Bellewood, Dr. Jacobey purchased her childhood home and found her diary. With that window into her intimate thoughts and fears, Dr. Jacobey becomes infatuated with a woman he believes he knows completely. But the residents of small-town Bellewood clearly mistrust Esther. And there’s something Dr. Jacobey doesn’t yet know about her tortured history. What will happen when he learns the truth?
A professor kindles passion, but hides his true motives, in this enticing drama about the chances we take for love
Noble McEntire is the perfect excuse for Emily Becket to change her straitlaced ways. Tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome, he is new to her small Southern town, which makes him even more alluring. And as it happens, Noble is interested in the Civil War–era letters in her attic that might hold the key to clearing the name of Noble’s maligned ancestor—and she’s very interested in Noble. But while Emily finds him irresistible and is ready to give herself up to him in unconditional surrender, the professor has deceitful plans of his own. With its unexpected plot twists, Poor Emily is an addictive blend of mystery and romance.
Infatuation smolders in a quarantined laboratory, as rival scientists fight to survive—and to control their overwhelming desire
Dr. “Mack” McKissack, a renowned scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is certain Dr. Kurt Andropov is hiding something in his fortress of a laboratory. Suspecting that the maverick genius’s work involves deadly bacteria, she storms into his lab demanding answers. But the renegade researcher stonewalls her—until a shocking laboratory accident forces them into a two-week isolation period. Quarantined with a man she despises, Mack can’t believe she feels attracted to him. And with each passing hour, their longing only grows deeper—even while the threat of a catastrophic outbreak rises. Will Mack risk a final chance at love with a man she barely trusts?
A woman and the bodyguard sworn to defend her discover an unexpected passion that neither can deny
The last assignment bodyguard Ian Walker wants is protecting Trudy Babbitt. She is his polar opposite: talkative, relentlessly cheerful, and prone to leaving her doors and windows unlocked. She fills her house with eccentric boarders—even when she should be in a witness protection program. But despite her maddening quirks, Ian can’t help but find her appealing. And though Ian has a gruff and stoic exterior, Trudy senses a gentle, loving man beneath. Will Ian let down his guard and accept a love he never imagined?
As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, twenty years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her fifteen-year-old niece.
Returning home to bitter memories and devastating secrets, Hannah must overcome her painful past to pave a future with her niece, the last best chance at a family for both of them. She begins to create a new, happier life with her niece and rekindles a relationship with Grady Steadman, one of the few people she’s ever called a friend.
But she can’t forget what she cannot forgive, or lay to rest those ghosts that will not die. Will love and trust—and the truth—give her the strength to stand her ground and fight for what she deserves?
Five New York Times bestselling authors-five superlative stories.
From J.D. Robb: Eve and Rourke return to investigate a series of murders connected to a brilliant young surgeon in Chaos in Death.
From Mary Blayney: A shopkeeper's solitude is complicated by a magic coin, a daring rogue, and dreams of her late husband, who whispers but one word...wish.
From Patricia Gaffney: A lonely woman and a hotline psychic turn their astonishing connection to the other side into an unexpected romance.
From Ruth Ryan Langan: The shattered soul of an angry spirit imprisoned in a Scottish manor house could be a young widow's only salvation.
From Mary Kay McComas: A young ghost eases his brother's pain and guilt by inviting him into the dreams of an imaginative author of children's books.
Five New York Times bestselling authors cross over to a realm where suspense, desire, and love have no bounds.
J.D. Robb: Lieutenant Eve Dallas has always sought justice for the dead, but now, a victim will seek her own vengeance-through Eve.
Mary Blayney: An earl and his countess struggle to understand one another, until they spend a day in each other's shoes-and bodies.
Patricia Gaffney: To prove her ancestral home is haunted, a woman hires a spirit investigator, but they end up debunking the mystery of love.
Ruth Ryan Langan: A couple who dies in a car accident struggler to stay in their daughter's life to save her from the wrong man.
Mary Kay McComas: A practical woman is faced with the most impractical ghosts, who can't rest in peace until they find what they have lost.
FEATURING A NEW EVE DALLAS NOVELLA.
J.D. Robb plunges Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the violent aftermath of a ritualistic murder.
Mary Blayney, investigates a deception that has kept two lovers apart for years.
Ruth Ryan Langan brings a lost man out of a storm to face a breathtaking twist of fate.
And Mary Kay McComas follows a mother, her son, and a wizard lost through the threads of time.