Vella has been writing since she figured out which end of a pencil to hold. Since then she has laid claim to some 60 books, everything from historicals to erotica to contemporary romance. Needless to say that left her with little time to get into trouble but she thinks about it, a lot.
Experience love's promise along with the men and women touched by Lake Serene in the Seasons Heartbeat contemporary romance series.
Written by an award-winning romance writer, each story stands on its own but readers are encouraged to start with One Day or Spring.
-In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.-
Spring, the season of rebirth has reached the mountains. As Alisha Hearne studies the family cabin, she's surrounded by painful memories. She must decide whether to tackle the many repairs it needs or sell it and never again stand over Lake Serene or hear the wind in the evergreens.
The resort across the lake from Alisha’s cabin represents one thing to Nate Quaid—where he earns a living. He’s immune to the mountains’ song. Once his work here is finished he’ll move on as he has done ever since a barred door unlocked years ago.
When Nate realizes the lovely young woman needs his expertise, he steps beyond his self-imposed isolation. Watching the competent, muscular man tackle what she can’t, Alisha longs to reach out, to trust, but Nate doesn’t share his feelings and Alisha carries her own inner burdens.
Despite their reservations, loneliness and need bring them together. They’re weary of sleeping alone but are they capable of revealing their deepest secrets? Of asking for understanding and forgiveness?
Do they dare risk falling in love?
When Panther, War Chief of a small Seminole Indian band, attempts to rescue a fellow tribe member from a Floridian plantation, he is captured by the owner, Reddin.
Knowing Reddin will likely kill Panther, Caldia, a half-black slave, secretly frees him.
Reddin decides to make Caldia pay—in his bedroom, but his wife discovers them. Enraged, Reddin murders his wife, makes it look like a Seminole Indian is to blame, and calls in the Military.
Caldia escapes and is deep in the Everglades trying to survive when Panther finds her. With enemies closing in on all sides, the pair face an even greater danger: the forbidden love growing between them.
The Modoc Indians have fled the reservation, putting local settlers on edge and prompting the arrival of Army advisor Jed Britton.
Luash, a young Modoc tribeswoman and the voice of the Modoc Eagle Spirit, speaks English and is chosen as Jed's interpreter.
Luash distrusts white men, Jed in particular, and intends to fight him and his bureaucracy to protect her people's traditional way of life.
Jed, who was nearly scalped by the Sioux during an attack that claimed his best friend, loathes Indians.
But as the pair clash in a fiery war of wills both come to realize that neither can win until they commit themselves to securing a new future for the Modoc and submit to the mutual love taking root in their hearts.
To pioneering settlers, Oregon is the "promise land". To the Rogue Indians, it is home.
Dark Water is the keeper of her tribe's history. Pregnant, she searches for her missing husband. When she finds him dead, murdered by the whites, her labor pains begin.
Barr Conner, a loner, has been hired to protect the local miners. Once enslaved by the Rogues, Barr knows how they think and despises them all. But he can't turn his back when he comes upon Dark Water in labor. Or walk away from her tears when the child is stillborn.
The divided worlds in which Dark Water and Barr live forbid what is starting to grow between them. Now they must fight for survival, fight to reconcile their pasts, their different beliefs, and ways of life. Or deny the happiness that lies just beyond reach.
The Chumash Indians lived peacefully along the coast north of present-day Los Angeles until the Spanish drove most of them out and enslaved the rest.
Black Wolf, a Chumash warrior, was once a captive of the Spanish priests and knows the newly arrived garrison is here to hunt him down.
With the garrison comes Lucita, the new colonel's beautiful daughter. The more Lucita observes how the padres abuse the Chumash, the more disgusted she becomes. When Black Wolf approaches her one dark night, Lucita sees an opportunity to make a difference. Black Wolf sees a compassionate white woman.
The effort to save Black Wolf's people will cost them both dearly, though not as much as the love blooming between them.
This is one border only love can cross.
Chela Reola is dedicated to helping her people any way she can. These days, that means teaching English to Hispanic migrant workers. But it wasn’t so long ago it meant working as a coyote, smuggling illegals across the border.
When she’s approached by an undercover cop asking her help to take down a cruel coyote who’s cheating illegals, she has no choice but to agree—even though she’d be working with a man with the power to arrest and deport her people.
Joe Magadan is driven by hatred of the coyote who’s exploiting the desperate and powerless immigrants, but he’s having problems building a case against the slippery Ray Kohl. But with Chela’s help, he’ll have someone on the inside. He never expected her quiet courage would get inside the barriers surrounding his closed-off heart.
Working in close quarters breaks down their emotional walls and forges a bond. But when Joe learns Chela’s deepest secret, the fallout could blow not only their carefully planned sting operation all to hell, but their fragile love.
This book has been previously published.
His courage, her fears. No car is fast enough to outrun love.
Defensive driving instructor Mara Curtis always shared her pro auto racing family’s “no fear” attitude. Until the night she is abducted and nearly raped. Now she’s afraid of her own shadow, afraid to live alone on her isolated property.
Only while teaching does a little of her old spark come back—and her newest student is definitely challenging her with his macho attitude. No way will she give him the satisfaction of cracking her fearless façade.
Determined to break the car theft ring that almost killed his best friend, Officer Reed Stewart takes Mara’s class to get close to the sports car community. Instead he finds himself compelled to help her find justice, no matter what it takes.
Reed is everything Mara ever wanted, everything she believes she isn’t. It’s only the adrenaline from his pushing her to break her own speed record that has her agreeing to set up a sting. But when her attacker returns to finish what he started, Mara must find another gear to fight for her life—and Reed’s love.
This book has been previously published.
Warning: Heart-stopping romance, fast cars, and adrenaline-fueled love scenes. Author not responsible for burned-out clutches.
One secret threatens everything she thought she knew. Another threatens her life…
When the museum in Kim Revis’s small home town needs her expertise to design a security system against increasing thefts, she’s more than happy to help. Coming home will give her a chance to get her grandmother’s historic house ready to sell now that the elderly woman is in assisted living.
Meeting her grandmother’s attorney Mark Stockton is an unexpected thrill. He’s warm, compassionate and exceedingly sexy, if a little reserved. Plus he’s concerned about her safety at the museum. But he needn’t worry—though the thief hasn’t been caught, she’s never felt in any personal danger.
Fate has a lousy sense of time. In a perfect world, Mark would simply ask Kim out and their instant chemistry would take it from there. But there’s a major obstacle: attorney/client privilege demands he withhold a deeply disturbing secret that could turn Kim’s rosy memories of her past upside down.
Secrets aren’t the only things lurking in the museum’s dark corners. When one of them emerges from the shadows to threaten her life, the barriers come down. And the truth threatens to destroy their fragile love.
This book was previously published in 1990.
Warning: Contains a sexy lawyer with a secret he’s honor-bound to keep, a sassy security expert who knows how to protect everything but her heart, and enough danger to send them into each other’s arms.
One kiss is all it takes, especially when animal attraction is involved.
Scott Barnett needs an office manager to keep his Dogs for the Deaf program running smoothly. Rani Lassen is the right woman for the job—in more ways than one.
The two have so much in common, it’s almost beyond coincidence. Like Rani, Scott is a single parent, and hesitant to expose his heart after a failed relationship. As their lives and emotions begin to intertwine—in and out of the office—a small seed of panic grows in Rani’s chest.
Still hounded by guilt over an accident that, years ago, nearly cost her child’s life, Rani isn’t sure she has the courage to reveal her shame to anyone, much less the man she’s falling in love with. And, if she does take that step, will Scott forgive her…or shut her out of his heart forever?
Warning: Contains a heartwarming romance and a wealth of “awwww” moments involving kids and dogs. Wet noses and wagging tails abound.
There’s no fighting a current this strong…
When Michon volunteers to chaperon a group of teenagers on a canoe trip, she knows her appearance could be held against her. Her exclusive department store job requires her to look model-perfect, and she aches to break free of the constant pressure.
She never expected to find someone who understands her inner restlessness, much less in the form of rugged river tour guide Chas Carson. Yet the walls around his heart are almost as high as her own, and there’s only one way to breach them. Prove herself.
Chas is equal to all of life’s challenges, at peace in the wilderness, and at peace with himself. Michon touches a lonely place in him, stirring a fierce need to protect her from harm. Much as he admires the city woman’s willingness to stand up to anything nature throws at them, one thing is certain. Once the trip is over she’ll go back to her safe, secure life. And he’ll become a memory.
This book was previously published by Harlequin.
Looking out at what remains of an ancient volcanic eruption, sixteen year old Kayla Ste-phens sees only dark lava, high desert, and birds. Then a girl wearing traditional Native American dress appears seemingly from the mist. Crying, the stranger begs Kayla to help her snatch her baby back from the settlers who stole the infant. Does Kayla have the cour-age to step into the past and attempt the dangerous rescue?
In the face of love, some hearts retreat. Others stand their ground—and fight.
After a difficult year licking her emotional wounds at the family ranch, Calley Stewart jumps at the chance to return to her beloved Montana wilderness to continue her work with the Border Grizzly Project. Determined to never again repeat the mistakes that drove her away.
When she meets the project’s new director, though, there’s no ignoring the magnetic pull between them. Dean Ramsey is a man so in tune with his surroundings, he moves in on the closely guarded territory around her heart before she has the chance to shore up her defenses.
Tracking grizzly bears is dangerous business, and the last thing Dean needs is a team member who isn’t wholly focused on the project’s critical research. Except before he’s even laid eyes on Calley, the sexy sound of her voice through the trees sends a jolt of electricity up his spine.
Their work carries them to the wilds of Alaska, but the shadows of their pasts follow. And when they face the ultimate test of courage, those shadows threaten to cloud the path to safety, to their future…even their very survival.
This title was previously published.
Warning: Contains a sexy hero with the heart of a bear, and a heroine with an independent streak to match. May induce an urge to go skinny dipping in winter; author suggests there be a steaming hot tub involved.