Like all children of military families, Susan spent her childhood moving from one duty station to the next. An ardent student of human nature, she acquired a love for ancient history and myth, a fascination for the ridiculous and unusual, and is the first to admit, she still collects way too much useless information. These days, when not working as a Registered Nurse, she writes whenever she can. When not writing, her favorite things to do are spend time with family, read, watch movies, garden, take black-and-white photos, travel, and remodel her house.
Romance versus Science. Which one will win?
The love of Lacey Daniels life is her comic strip, Love Lessons 101, with principle players, Georgette and Frank, more like real people than made-up characters. Georgette wants a man. And not just any man. A real man who can weather life's storm. Lacey just wants to make the old-fashioned idea of courtship look sexy and fun for her readers, and she wants national syndication. Two things stand in her way. A contrived contest pitting her romance against the science of a new book, The Power Of Pheromones. And the book's author, hunky, catch-your-breath Zane Tyler.
Zane Tyler's mission is to give his sister and niece a stable, comfortable life. When he literally bumps into a beautiful stranger on the way to giving a lecture on how women choose their mates by smell, he's surprised to learn she makes a living by promoting old-fashioned romance as the primary ingredient to finding that one special person. Before he can get out of the line of fire, he's caught up in a battle of words that quickly escalates into a hokey competition where he has to come out the winner or lose everything he's worked so hard to build.
Go on a couple of dates with Doc Michaels and you'll find true love with someone else.
Dr. Gavin Michaels has somehow turned into the town matchmaker. Now it's his turn. The first step in his grand scheme is to sell his practice and take a teaching position at the Health Sciences University in nearby Portland. But Rosewood has other plans for his heart—in the form of a vulnerable woman who needs more from him than to buy his practice.
On the run from the memory of an abusive marriage, newly widowed Dr. Vivan Buchanan is looking for a place to lick her wounds and start over. Not just for herself, but for her step-daughter and unborn child. Landing in Rosewood, Oregon on Valentine's Day, she finds lodging at Irene's Boarding House. But can the lover's holiday, a new practice, and a man unlike her late husband open her heart to the possibilities of trust and love one more time?
Heartwarming stories about family...community...and the journey home
When friends become lovers, is there a chance friendship can turn into something more?
Cyber security consultant, Sloane Cooper is dumped by her wanna-be politician boyfriend, his parting shot—not only are you the worst girlfriend I've ever had, but you're a lousy kisser, too! So she turns to game developer Miles Preston for “kissing lessons”, but very quickly realizes, though there's a surprising attraction there, playing kissing games with her safe, easy-to-talk-to best friend isn't the solution to her problem.
Who is the real Sloane Cooper?
For two years Miles has been Sloane's best friend while he watched her play house with another guy. Secretly he's wanted more, but never once thought he'd catch her on the rebound. How does he convince the enchanting woman steamy kisses are not enough? Helping her open a cyber cafe is a start, but the real fun begins when he hires her to alpha test his new game. Traditional wooing won't work. Can a few well chosen gaming obstacles do the trick instead?
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly...”
It's time to put down roots, and all Victoria Cahil wants is to keep the promise she made to her eight-year-old niece, MacKenzie. They would spend Christmas Eve in their new Queen Anne colonial home. There was only one hitch in her plan. The house needs more work than she anticipated, and Chief Deputy Gavin Stevens has put the derelict house on his “dangerous buildings” list.
Okay with his bachelor status, Gavin hasn't given a second thought to finding a family of his own...or the love of a good woman. He's survived being orphaned at a young age, Marine boot camp, three tours in a war zone, and is not often taken by surprise. But when a fiesty house renovator calls him on the carpet for condemning the sow's ear she's determined to make into a silk purse, he begins to wonder. Can he survive the provocative Tori Cahil with his heart...and bachelorhood intact during a holiday season when Christmas miracles are practically the norm?
Heartwarming stories about family...community...and the journey home
Alice York lives a nomadic life working as a classic car mechanic so she can follow her dream of painting landscapes. Then she breaks down in Sellwood and takes a temporary job with sexy Zach Barret, but getting drawn into this single dad's delightful family is not on the menu.
Zach Barret has two priorities – be the best dad he can to his twelve-year-old daughter and keep Martha's Elder House running without hiccups, a challenge at the best of times since his granddad persists on chasing off the hired help.
When a gypsy caravan-style truck breaks down at Martha's curbside, the last thing Zach needs is an impulsive pixie rocking his boat. The more determined he is to stay away from the free-spirited, green-eyed nomad, the more he finds one kiss is not enough. Uncovering her secrets in paintings of empty swings and merry-go-rounds puts a new priority in the top spot on his short list. Can he convince this stunning woman to park her truck permanently in his drive?
Rediscover the magic and romance of Valentine’s Day with these nine stories of Gifts From The Heart. Stories of best friends, lost chances, first love, love renewed, and new love will bring a tear to your eye and a little skip in the beat of your heart.
Read about a wounded warrior saved by a ring. Empathize with two different widows as they strive to overcome their past and open their hearts to trust again. Follow a survivor of the Titanic as she boards another ship and her past and future collide.
Shiver with the cautionary tale of the prison of love in the legend of Ann’er from the dark world of Thorn. Laugh at the humorous escapades of a young woman led to find love through the questionable assistance of her cat. Then finish this volume by relaxing in the fairy-tale world of a little dog who helps a sad and lonely princess learn to accept the unconditional love of pets.
“The Telltale Heart” by Sarah Raplee, “Is He the One?” by Judith Ashley, “Saved by the Ring” by Diana McCollum, “Be My Valentine” by Susan Lute, “Dancing on Water” by Mercer Addison, “Heart of a Highlander” by Collette Cameron, “The Flaming Heart of Winter” by Pamela Cowan, “Matchmaker Cat” by Jane Killick, “Metro Goes to London” by Susie Slanina
Five Friends. Five Yearbook Predictions. Twelve years. Was it Destiny? Or the last act of girls ready to take on the world?
As thirty approaches so does their Thirty-Years-Old-and-Made-It Reunion Party. Who will have conquered New York? Become a CEO? Be married with a bunch of kids? Which girl will have nailed the lucky Charley Vargas? Is Prince William safe? Because someone is supposed to marry a prince.
It’s the midnight hour and the scramble is on. Not one of them wants to admit her life hasn't turned out the way she expected. Maybe reaching thirty and living up to friends’ predictions is not all it’s cracked up to be.
From the Dragonkind Chronicles – the battle is just beginning...
In a post apocalyptic world where Darwin changelings emerge from hiding and humans struggle to reclaim their former glory, mercenary Logan Pen doesn’t want to save the world. His mission is to protect his greatest treasure - his family. That is until he tries to capture a shadow thief. Beyla, a beguiling, emotionless Umbra steals his telein - a talisman forged at his birth while escaping his grasp, making her by ancient dragon law his mate.
Her enemy - a fiery Naga - and the talisman she’s stolen from him rouse emotions Beyla has spent three long years in the land of shadows stripping away. Still she hasn’t been able to banish the grief and pain left by the murder of her human family.
Fighting a desire that flames out of their control, and scrambling to save humanity and their own kind, Logan and Beyla are forced to join forces to keep a weapon of incredible destructive power out of the hands of the man who would use it to conquer their world. With evil on the brink of victory, only through sacrifice do they learn to trust and embrace the love that will change them forever.
Same great novelette. New cover.
Celebrating Christmas is the last thing on former Marine David Randall's mind when he leaves behind his military life to take care of his newly orphaned nephew. But when the job waiting for him is suddenly eliminated, he takes the only position available – a temp position with the buttoned-down daughter of the CEO of Banks Sportswear. Appearances are not always what they seem. And a growing attraction for his new boss spells trouble with a capital T.
A frustrated overachiever, whether playing the spoiled rich girl, or trying to prove she has what it takes to make it in her father's corporate world, Charlee Banks has until the company Christmas party to come up with a proposal to expand the family business in the domestic market. Saddled with a temporary administrative assistant who is a mis-fit for the job if ever there was one, it's not long before a shattered heirloom ornament, a little boy's tears, and a hero's broken heart has workaholic, Charlee Banks realizing there's one Christmas proposal she'd better get right.
Dr. Dana Murphy has everything a physician can want. Everything except the one thing she can’t get back. When she’s diagnosed with a degenerative condition that threatens the career she loves, and her husband discovers he has a teenage daughter, it all begins to unravel. When her crazy mother and sister come to stay, in the chaos that follows, she scrambles to scotch tape her life back together and instead finds herself on the brink of losing everything she holds dear.
Stella Carmichael can't believe her life with her husband, though not always perfect, is over. All she wants is to shut herself away in their too empty house, and turn her back on the world she's quite certain will go on happily without her.
Thanks to her interfering daughters, she's exiled to London. Instead of licking her wounds in solitude, Stella's babysitting a rebellious teenager, and having to make sense of her life thousands of miles from home. Repairing her family's fragile relationships is not an easy task. While getting to know her sullen granddaughter, meeting new friends, and embarking on an unexpected flirtation, she discovers family is a gift; and living, something to be treasured.
All Benjamin Quincy wants is to make a stable home for his ten year old daughter in the town where he spent his childhood – the same town he later left in bitter disappointment. Young and hot headed, he made a mistake. Eleven years later, he’s a divorced, single dad with a troubled kid, and a lot to make up for.
Sydney Marshall has finally wrangled the perfect job at the most coveted travel magazine in New York. Does she care that her ex-boyfriend has returned to the tiny town of Rosewood with a precious daughter who’s not hers? Does it matter that every time he comes near, her heart flutters madly like in the old days? No! Her bags are packed; plane tickets are stashed in her backpack; the adventure of a lifetime is about to begin.
There’s only one problem. Life and Rosewood insist on interfering with the best laid plans.
Ten years before Madrid, Jane Donovan is a kid growing up in an orphanage and flirting with the wrong side of the law. Looking for the family that has eluded her, she has a choice to make. Live her mother's doomed life, or get off the streets. Finding the courage to reach for her dreams isn't easy, but in the end, will she take the road that will give her everything she's always wanted?
There’s no place like home, and to Gunnery Sergeant Jane Donovan, home is the US Marine Corps. But, she’s made a mistake. A tragic mistake that cost an orphaned kid from the poorest part of Madrid his life. Because of a little insubordination and disorderly conduct on her part, she’s about to lose the one thing she values most. The family and good life she’s forged in the Corps. Now she has one option. Put her future in the hands of Dr. Chase Russell, or become a civilian. The choice is hers.
Chase Russell has royally screwed up. Busy chasing a lucrative book deal that would legitimize his theories about treating war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and let’s face it, give him a certain amount of fame too, he missed a client’s cry for help and subsequent admission to the hospital for a failed drug overdose. That the client was his brother makes his arrogance more reprehensible. In the aftermath, he leaves his lucrative practice in Chicago to start over on a lovely, neglected Central Oregon ranch, looking for the peace and sanctuary he craves, but hardly deserves.
When the Marine arrives, nursing a cranky hip and an even crankier disposition, he wants nothing to do with her, but the fun is just beginning. Between helping two runaway kids, and taking the stubborn Marine through play therapy, what’s an ex-counselor to do, but make sure this hero finds her way home.