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Charming the TroublemakerWhen Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.

When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?

“Rainey Mitchell is doing just fine. She has a great job helping children in need, her family is around her, she is mother to a fabulous little girl, and is getting over the betrayal of her ex-husband. Dr. Alex Murdock is not doing so well, as he is forced to work at a rural university, his life is full of secrets surrounding his family, and he has to start over in a new town. Luckily, Rainey, the daughter of his landlord, is there to get him settled. Rainey just wants to stay away from the new professor, who has the same charm as her ex. Unfortunately, they seem to need each other. Rainey needs his grant-writing ability to save her program, and Alex is terrible at the lecturing at which Rainey excels. The two must work together to fulfill their goals, but will they be able to do it? Rainey’s insecurities and Alex’s obsession with protecting his family could be their undoing. A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family.” ~ Library Journal Review

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Still Waters - Contemporary RomanceCora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan: avoid her own past—despite being wait-listed for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother request—and her dispassionate mother insists—that she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach, South Carolina.

Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts Cora Anne with loss. At Still Waters her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness—especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt.

When a family reunion reveals Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her—and Edisto—from more desolation. Will Cora Anne choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace?

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Gift of the Magpie I read this in one sitting. Could not put it down. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes reading sweet and clean romances.—Amazon review

Amanda Larrowe’s lack of trust sabotages her relationships. The English teacher and award-winning author of middle-grade adventure books for boys has shut off communication with friends and family to meet her January 2 book deadline. Now, in the deepest snow accumulation Richmond, Virginia, has experienced in years, Camden Lancaster moves in across the street. After ten years, Amanda’s heart still smarts from the humiliating aftermath of their perfect high-school Valentine’s Day date. Camden may have transformed into a handsome, amiable man, but his likeability doesn’t instill trust in Amanda’s heart. When Cam doesn’t recognize her on their first two encounters, she thinks it’s safe to be his fair-weather neighbor.

Boy is she wrong.

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The Last SummerFor twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.

Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.

While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.

But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.

Does growing older mean growing apart?

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A Season to DanceAna Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start towards her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect, Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus.

Then, an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything.

Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off their engagement. With an old dog crippled by arthritis and dreams deferred but not left behind, Ana moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own feelings for Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company are a high price for a shot at success. Ana seems on the verge of having everything she ever dreamed of, but will it be enough?

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Summer of DeceptionDetermined to unearth the truth about her DEA agent brother’s reported death, Rachel York takes a nanny position at an historic Charleston tea plantation. She finds she is ill prepared to deal with the plantation’s new owner who is overflowing with bitterness and distrust.

Widowed and wounded, former Marine Corps Special Forces operative, Luke Barrett, has enough to handle with his little girl and an historic property to upkeep. The last thing he needs is a feisty, stubborn woman with whom to contend. Yet, Rachel’s determined spirit awakens something in Luke that he thought died a long time ago.

Luke begins to capture Rachel’s heart until the night she uncovers evidence he may be keeping his plantation solvent by allowing cocaine to be smuggled along his coastline.

Devastated by the possibility, Rachel must decide whether to confront him, even while she conceals secrets of her own.

Can love survive a summer of deception?

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Picture PerfectProfessional photographer Lily Caswell has one goal in mind—opening her own photography studio in her charming New England town. Too many months of working odd jobs has taken its toll, and Lily is determined to earn the coveted studio space in the heart of the downtown district. With the help of her friends and support of her church community, Lily sets out to make her dreams of Picture Perfect come true.

Micah Wyland is used to taking punches—just not in the usual way. He returns to his hometown with the intention of opening his own martial arts studio, but putting his past behind him proves harder than anticipated when Lily Caswell comes back into his life.

When they get thrown together for swing dance lessons, romance heats up on—and off—the dance floor. As Lily gets to know Micah, she believes he’s changed. But forgetting the past isn’t easy, especially when she discovers they’ve both set their sights on the same piece of real estate. And a dark secret from Micah’s past is quickly catching up . . .

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Second Chance LoveChicago lawyer Sydney Knight and Texas bull rider Jace McGowan have nothing in common but everything to lose when they are thrust together during a weekend rodeo in rural Illinois. Neither one of them would have imagined two years ago that the deep attraction they sensed during a day-long outing would resurface when Sydney’s boss assigns her to Jace’s legal case.

Sydney has been through a world of hurt since losing her dad when she was sixteen, then being dumped the morning of her wedding. She’s sworn off romance and instead devotes her time toward a partnership in her father’s law office.

Jace has found faith in God and wants out of his sponsor contract with a risqué restaurant chain that requires him to pose with scantily-clad women. He’s about to bail on the contract and pay steep penalties—something he can ill afford, given that his deceased father left the family with unpaid taxes.

Sydney is determined she’ll get Jace out of his contract and return to Chicago with her heart intact, but Jace is just as determined to help her see they’re meant to be together. Can a city girl with roots deep in Chicago and a bull-riding rancher with roots deep in Texas give themselves a second chance at love?

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Claiming the Maverick's Heart

Can reliving the past bring about the redemption of two broken hearts?

“He’s back.”

Words Macy Donovan hoped to never hear.

Trace Cartwright was the maverick rodeo cowboy who broke her heart, leaving her on the steps of the church on the eve of their wedding. Now he’s returned to build his home and to lay claim to her heart … again. Macy barely survived the broken heart the first time. Does he think he can walk back into her life and take up where he left off?

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Mercy's RescueGolden Star Awards, Honorable Mention for Romance

Fighting for his life after an ambush, Sheriff Josh Wellman awakes to find himself looking into the eyes of a real-life angel of mercy. Despite his groggy condition, he knows his life has changed the instant their hands touch.

Devastating heartbreak has left Mercy Smith’s faith in tatters, her heart guarded against more loss. Her dedication to the air evac trauma team she leads has insulated her from the realities of the earth below, so now Josh faces the biggest challenge of his life.

Can he find a way around the walls that fortify her heart and convince this angel to stay on the ground with him? Can Mercy open herself to life again and find a way to restore her faith in God … as well as love?

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First CrushFor 25 years the Lakeview Slayer has left a trail of bodies in his wake. Now he has his sights set on Natalie, the new owner of a dilapidated chateau and its vineyard. Nick Hardaway never recovered from his sister’s murder, a victim of the Slayer. When news of the killer’s latest murder breaks, Nick grows more determined to make amends for his sister’s death. As he finds himself helping Natalie with her renovations at the chateau, Nick’s resolve comes in conflict with his feelings for Natalie.

Natalie may hold the key to capturing the Lakeview Slayer before he kills again, but she must decide if her feelings for Nick, and his willingness to help, are worth dying for.

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Dance Over Me2017 Selah Awards Finalist

Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress raised to the lullaby of Broadway, searches for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage. But when a jealous cast member threatens to drop the curtain on her dreams, Danielle fears her one brilliant moment in the spotlight is about to become a dim memory.

Alex Sheridan is living his dream—playing the trumpet, helping run his family’s dinner theater. But there’s a hole in his soul that can only be filled with the love of that “someone special”—the better half of him. When “Dani” dances into his life, Alex thinks he’s found his perfect partner. But will the bright lights of a bigger stage steal her away before they have a chance to find their perfect song?

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Catch of a Lifetime

Reed must choose between the game he loves and the woman who just may be … the catch of a lifetime.

After a tragedy involving a football player destroys her family, athletic trainer and graduate student, Cassie moves across the country looking for a fresh start. But a sudden change in her financial aid package lands Cassie in the middle of a cash-crunch nightmare. When Reed, a rookie football coach, offers to help, she thinks her problems are solved. But as injuries and losses pile up, Reed’s dreams seem to be slipping away.

Now, in order to salvage the season, Reed must choose between the game he loves and the woman who just may be … the catch of a lifetime.

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Contemporary RomanceA laugh out loud mystery with quirky, lovable characters who find themselves in all sorts of trouble. The storyline is believable and comes with descriptions of mouth-watering food, which makes for a delicious plot! A cohesive and fast-moving novel. 4-Stars! RT Book Reviews

When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sisters Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety or the criminal’s?

But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts—especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.

Before the snooping pair gain any headway with the case, it becomes crystal clear that the sisters share a mysterious secret that takes life from the frying pan and into the line of fire.

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Moments of TruthNSPY Awards Nominee for Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense

Bricker’s novel is full of friendship and surprises, as well as a healthy dose of love and romance…Fair warning, there’s a slightly higher amount of romantic heat than is in most inspirational novels, although it is all handled tastefully.”4 STARS from RT Book Reviews

“It’s about women and their relationships — both within and without. I especially appreciate the fact that Ms. Bricker is not afraid to go inside the realness of marriage. (Why are we so afraid as Christians to talk about the beauty of sex within marriage when that’s exactly why God gave it to us?) If you have girlfriends, you’ll truly appreciate this work! I could read it again and again”Eva Marie Everson

Regan Sloane was married once. Eight years, no kids, she got the house. In the years since the divorce, she’s managed to keep afloat with the only real skill she has: Writing. She hadn’t really noticed how her readership had blossomed until a well-known reviewer noticed her sweet little lifestyle blog. When had it transformed into a single woman’s go-to? With the life and loves of her four BFFs to fuel the content and have her back at every turn Regan realizes that something magical happens when women join forces. Maybe even love 🙂

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Contemporary RomanceBasham weaves a unique tale sure to please the romantic at heart.Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Married ’til Monday

Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.

For one, Adelina didn’t plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she’d tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.

But when Reese discovers that he’s a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina’s deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives?

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Contemporary RomanceBookvana Awards Winner & Selah Finalist

Beneath his playboy façade, NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, wants to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she writes him off. But Luke’s gentle ways and country charm may win her over—if his past doesn’t push her away.

As Rachel begins to touch Luke’s heart, he’s haunted by memories of the mother who abandoned him as a boy. With an intense trust that God will lead her steps, Rachel perseveres, and her innocence and grace breach Luke’s defenses. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love and lives are threatened by the iron-tight grip that “Big Oil” holds over the auto industry. Will Rachel hold on to her values? And will Luke realize his final happiness must come through faith in the One who has always loved him … and always will?
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Contemporary RomanceA sweet love story which gives the reader insight into the competitive world of music. I appreciated the touch of mystery.—Amazon review

Jake Marley always dreamed of making it big as a singer / songwriter, and when a chance meeting in his hometown ends with an invite to Nashville, he’s sure fame and fortune are just around the corner. After Jake jumps on the fast track to success, his notoriety grows—but so do his addictions.

Jake expected fame to take its toll. He just didn’t realize how much he’d have to give up in the pursuit of stardom. But the hardest thing? Losing Chloe, his small-town girlfriend and the only person who knows the real Jake.

Can Jake and Chloe find their way back to each other? Or will the price of fame remove any chance he has to prove his love for Chloe?

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Summers' Love - A Cute and Funny Cinderella Love StorySummers’ Love will make you laugh, but keep a tissue close by.” ~ Eva Marie Everson, Best-selling & Award-winning Author
“Fun and clever, with a new twist every few pages that I didn’t see coming.” ~ Christy award-winning author, Ann Tatlock

Best-selling romance writer Stu Summers expects fawning praise and flirtatious smiles from his female fans. But when his editor at Little Brown Pelican informs Stu that his latest manuscript is nothing more than a hack-job, Stu’s carefully crafted career begins to unravel. Stu has one week to deliver a complete rewrite that meets his readers’ demanding standards.

And he would.

If only he could.

But Stu can’t write. At least not romance novels.

For years Stu has paid a “Holy Ghost writer” on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to write his novels. Except now Hattie May Hall feels God calling her to write paranormal Amish thrillers with a prairie-home-companion, dystopian, science-fiction, evangelical, slant. With Stu’s career on the line, he suddenly finds himself falling for Kate Winston, a down-on-her-luck stun-gun sales rep with serious male trust issues. Will Kate be Stu’s source of inspiration?

Or, as the clock ticks closer to midnight, will an unlikely pair of hearts collide, providing a “shocking” climax to the world’s biggest stun gun party?

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Contemporary RomanceBestselling author Yvonne Lehman celebrates love in this heartwarming romance of hope and redemption.

Not exactly what I expected — just blew me away! The stories seem to be somewhat mundane as they begin, but quickly ramp up to cannot put down until I have a resolution speed! Just so, so poignant and real. The three stories entwine beautifully and you feel the character’s strength swell as they experience the worst season of their lives. Not too long, which is a plus because you won’t want to put this down until you get all the way through! I don’t give 5 star ratings very often, but this book rates it. It is top notch storytelling!—Amazon review

Three people are busy with personal tragedies—until a car crash brings them together and changes their lives forever.

Jacob Delaney finds solace jogging around curves and along nature trails in the western North Carolina mountains until he’s stuck … with no place to run.

Jenny Jameson, unwilling to participate in a Wish Toy Drive, finds her resolve crumbling when she fears a hungry child will go hungry and homeless.

For Holly Swansen, surviving a near-fatal accident is the least of her concerns. Her life is blanketed by the darkness of scandal that takes from her any hope of forgiveness.

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Contemporary RomanceWhen Marcy Farris comes face to face with a murder victim at a high school football game, she’s plunged into a game no one wants to play. Despite police assurances, she knows this wasn’t a random murder. But to prove otherwise she’ll have to tackle the painful memories of her husband’s suicide.

Struck down by an injury in his prime, former NFL linebacker, Jack Briggs, wonders if there’s life after football. His perspective changes when he meets Marcy. Though she’s out of his league, Jack finds himself drawn to Marcy’s “go-for-it” demeanor. Now, as the killer stalks Marcy, Jack has to prove he still has moves before the killer has a chance to exact his revenge on Marcy.

There is no overtime in the game of murder — only sudden death.

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Contemporary RomanceChristian Small Publisher Book of the Year
Winner of the Illumination Award
Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award Finalist

From a vineyard in the south of France to the sophisticated city of Paris, Ella Moreau searches for the hope and love she lost as a young girl when her mother abandoned the family. Through a series of secret paintings, her art becomes the substitute for lost love—the metaphor of her life. But when her paintings are discovered, the intentions of those she loves are revealed.
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Contemporary RomanceBlessings come when you leave the familiar and take a step of faith.

Bookvana Award Winner

Alone and betrayed by a former fiancé, American professor Bonny Bryant accepts a position at a small college in Fort William, Scotland. But when she meets a fellow professor, Bonny discovers her wounds may be the scars of healing Kieran MacDonell needs to reach past his own grief.

Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.
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Contemporary RomanceWhen a Southern woman with a broken heart finds herself falling for a widower with a broken boat, it’s anything but smooth sailing.

Heart of Excellence finalist
Selah Awards Finalist

With her days chock full—designing jewelry for the shop she co-owns with her best friend, sailing her sharpie, and hanging out with girlfriends—Tadie Longworth barely notices she’s morphing into the town’s maiden aunt. When Will, a widower with a perky daughter named Jilly, limps into town in a sailboat badly in need of engine repairs, Tadie welcomes the chance to help. Her shop becomes Jilly’s haven while Will hunts boat parts, and Tadie even takes the two of them sailing. It’s the kind of thing she lives for, and it’s a welcome distraction from the fact that her ex-boyfriend Alex, aka The Jerk of Jerks, is back in town. With his northern bride. Oh, and he’s hitting on Tadie, too.

Those entanglements are more than enough, thank you very much, so it’s almost a relief when a hurricane blows into town: at least the weather can match Tadie’s mood. When Will and Jilly take shelter in her home, though, Tadie finds herself battling her attraction to Will. Even worse, the feeling is mutual, tempting them all with what-ifs that petrify Will, who has sworn never to fall in love again. Mired in misunderstanding, he takes advantage of the clear skies and hauls Jilly out of there and back to his broken boat so fast, Tadie’s head spins.

With the man she might have loved gone, and the man she wishes gone showing up on her doorstep, Tadie finds herself like a sailboat with no wind; becalmed, she has to fight her way back against the currents to the shores of the life, and the man, she wants.

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Contemporary RomanceCarol Awards Finalist
Selah Finalist

A year after learning of a son’s existence, Country music legend, Ethan Jacobs returns to Jasper Falls, a place of bitter memories, to help the his twelve-year-old autistic child, given up for adoption at birth. Orphaned after the death of his adoptive parents, the boy is at risk of institutionalization due to probation violations and alleged inadequate guardianship of his current caregiver, an older, adoptive sister. In view of his son’s delicate emotional state, the court advises Ethan to keep his relationship to Gib secret for now.

Although he longs to tell the world his current hit single was inspired by a son he has yet to meet, as far as Jasper Falls knows, Ethan is in town to perform a benefit concert. Ethan only wants to be with Gib—to love the boy he’s never know. But his presence only seems to complicate the child’s life more. Letting go of the son you never had may be the hardest sacrifice a father can make.

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A Wonderful LoveAward-winning author Linda Rondeau crafts a heartwarming romance set in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Iraq War widow, Dorie Fitzgerald, despises the frigid Adirondacks that have now become her home. After numerous failed job interviews, she questions the wisdom of moving to be near her parents. Desperate to try and fit in, she joins the community theater in the production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Could a “wonderful love” be waiting in the wings?

Jamey Sullivan put his career on hold in order to run the family business and to help his ailing father. With his sights set on Broadway, Jamey reluctantly agrees to help with the production of the play, even though he’s convinced local performers lack the necessary acting skills.

Well … all but one actress, anyway.

Will the pair’s competing ambitions, demanding schedules, family members, and finances—plus a romantic rival—pull the curtain down on their growing attraction towards one another?

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Finding Love in the Blue Ridge Mountains … Contemporary Christian fiction portraying real-to-life characters in search of lasting love in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Four books in the series, all on Kindle.

This one brought tears to my eyes, but they were tears of joy. The best fiction books are those we can relate to and I could relate to a lot that Rick was going through.—Amazon review

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Finding Love in the Low CountryFinding Love in the Low Country … Contemporary Christian fiction portraying real-to-life characters in search of lasting love in the Low Country of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Four books in the series, all on Kindle.

Wonderful stories of how God works in our lives when we mess up, God steps in to redeem us.  I could not put the book down, very well written, inspirational, emotional, loving and a warm story.—Amazon review

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