Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. After finding Romantic Times magazine in a bookstore many years ago, she found information about writing organizations. Soon after, she joined Romance Writers of America. She located the local RWA chapter and immediately attended her first meeting. There was no stopping her after that!
Tara sold her first traditional romance novel, LASTING LOVE to Avalon Books. She has had four other releases with Avalon since then. MELODY OF LOVE and THIS TIME LOVE, part of the Lasting Love Series, as well as HIDDEN HEARTS, a mystery/romance and another traditional romance novel, THE LOVE ASSIGNMENT. Her newest novel, THE LADY in the ATTIC, is due out in 2010. Family values, mystery and, of course, her favorite theme, love and romance, are a vital part of her writing. In between books, she has sold short stories and worked on script writing with a local Christian television network.
Through Tampa Area Romance Authors, Tara learned all about the business of publishing, starting with the craft of writing to behind the scenes of publishing. She served as contest coordinator for four years and served as President for one year, enjoying the organization and the lasting friendships made there.
When not writing, Tara owns a business with her husband and stays busy with her two daughters. She lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery. Enjoy!
If you love mystery novels, you will certainly love The Lady in the Attic.
A Christmas Wedding Story
Melissa Upton and Justin Caswell have been best friends since they were kids. Now, they’re all grown up and things have changed, for Melissa at least. She’s content running the family bridal shop, Candlelight and Lace. Excited about her cousin’s upcoming wedding. She doesn’t even mind attending weddings with Justin, until he dubs them wedding buddies. And now that he’s back in Christmas Town, Melissa realizes she wants more. If she goes after her heart will she lose her best friend? Justin is back home to take care of business for his estranged father while he recovers from a heart attack. He’s launched his own successful career, is happy with his single status. Until he feels the distance Melissa has put between them. What’s up with his best friend? The more time they spent together, involved in Christmas Town holiday preparations, the more he realizes she’s hoping for more in their relationship. Can Justin see that being in love, and remaining best friends, is the best of both worlds?
Your favorite Harlequin Heartwarming authors are back with ten all new Christmas stories set in charming Christmas Town, Maine. This year, a stocking brings a special holiday wish to each story.
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This holiday season, warm your heart with 10 connected sweet, clean & wholesome holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 10 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today bestselling authors.
This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, Maine, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually.
A Heartwarming Holiday will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters (no cliffhangers), for more than 1000 pages.
Santa's Secret Heart by Anna Adams
Merry Christmas Carol by Melinda Curtis
Miracle on Joyful Street by Liz Flaherty
Finding His Fiancee by Christmas by Cheryl Harper
The Christmas Window by Tara Randel
Mistletoe and Holly by Leigh Riker
Gingerbread Girl by Carol Ross
The Christmas List by Anna J Stewart
A Case for Christmas Magic by Amy Vastine
Jingle Bell Love by Cari Lynn Webb
Literally bumping into her blind date isn't exactly how Jenny Meyer imagined meeting Nick Bryson. And if he notices she's a bit rusty in the dating department, he's right. So when the scoundrel offers to coach her in much-needed dating lessons, she decides to go for it. Taking him up on the offer provides more fun than she's had in a long time and as she gets to know him, she rises to the challenge of proving to Nick that love is a worthwhile endeavor.
Fake dating soon becomes a problem for cynical Nick when he starts to worry about Jenny taking his so-called lessons seriously and applying them to the male population. It occurs to him that maybe he doesn't have all the answers about relationships. He does discover that he wants Jenny for himself, with no pretense. Once she turns the tables on him, Nick becomes the student while Jenny teaches him about true love.
Upon the death of her beloved grandmother, Annie Dawson travels to Stony Point, Maine to tie up affairs and decide the fate of the family home, Grey Gables. In the attic, she comes across an unusual cross stitch featuring a young woman seated on a porch swing of the grand old house. Who is the woman? It isn’t her grandmother. Annie is intrigued and determined to discover her identity. Others, however, don’t like her nosing around their town. As small incidents begin to happen, Annie wonders, is she in danger? With the help of her new friends in the Hook and Needle Club, a local needlecraft group, Annie sets out to discover clues about the Lady in the Attic. But what will it cost Annie as she grows closer to the truth?
Lindsey was perfectly comfortable with her life--living on her parents' property in a quaint cottage and tending to her beloved niece, Dawn. But then, Gabe Banner moves back into town and with him come all the memories of her schoolgirl crush on him and the bitter disappointment she suffered that senior year of high school. For them, the timing has never been right, but now she realizes why no man has ever interested her since then and why she could never forgive the friend who deceived her.
Suddenly, Lindsey's sister comes up with a crazy ultimatum for her to get legal custody of Dawn: she must find a husband by the night of her literacy program's big fundraising gala. Gabe ends up helping her, but along the way, she wonders whether it is out of convenience, pity, or real feelings. Now that Fate has brought them to this point again in their lives---without excuses or misunderstandings to hinder them---can they realize their love in time?
Marilyn Banner dreams of escaping her small hometown, so a prestigious job offer is the ticket out of town. She longs to leave behind a difficult past and work toward a successful future. She is ready to leave when Dusty Haywood arrives in town, causing her to question her goals.
Dusty, a successful songwriter experiencing writer's block, comes to Paineville searching for peace in order to regain his lost ability to compose. When he becomes a boarder at her grandmother's home, Marilyn tries to ignore him, until his tender advice and concern melt her heart.
Over time, they help one another find the strength to heal their past hurts, unwittingly falling in love. Soon, Marilyn must decide between a career in another city or a life-long love at home.
Florida hotel manager Teri Price finds herself with a slew of problems at her beloved hotel, the West Wind. Strange noises, missing contractors, and the handsome new security chief, Jack Bishop, keep her hopping--especially after Teri learns that Jack has his own agenda. The pair team up to investigate the mysterious happenings around the hotel, determined to uncover the mystery and fight their mutual attraction. Teri refuses to let any of these distractions deter her from her goal--a transfer to Paris to manage the hotel of her dreams. If she can only survive the upcoming annual review with her condescending boss...
When they hear a rumor about jewels hidden in the hotel's unused wing, the stakes get higher. Teri finds out from a local historian that legend has it Al Capone himself was behind the whole thing. Can they find the jewels before one of Capone's henchmen returns to retrieve them? Will Teri and Jack ever reveal to each other their hidden hearts?