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The Best Christmas
Sofia Rossi travels to Texas to re-connect with her estranged teenage son, Aaron, who’s at a ranch rehab-center. An immigrant from Argentina, she has managed to thrive in the tough New York world
of modeling. And she’s a survivor of an ill-advised liaison with a wealthy, married member of New York society. When her ex-lover manipulates their son into living with him, Aaron gets into trouble.
Sofia will reclaim her son at any cost.
Gar McCulloch, after losing his wife to her high school sweetheart and his daughter to a drug overdose, believes his life is over. He dedicates himself to turning a dude ranch into a juvenile drug rehab-center. Selfless and with twenty years of juvenile counseling experience, Gar is a wizard at reforming other people’s kids, but he can’t forgive himself for his one failure… his daughter.
As two emotionally-damaged people come together to save Sofia’s son, neither feel they’re entitled to romance or happiness. Their mutual attraction and admiration come as a surprise and an unexpected joy, making this their best Christmas… ever.
A West Texas Frontier Trilogy
Three sweet western historical romances set on the
frontier of West Texas in Fort Concho, Fort Clark, and Fort Davis.
"Ruth: The Rescued Bride"
Rescued from the Comanche while giving birth, Ruth MacDonald’s relief soon turns to sorrow when she loses her child. The handsome scout who rescued her, Jacob Wells, is half Comanche and half white. And he’s the only person at Fort Concho who understands the burden Ruth carries. But when he asks her to marry, her sorrow is too fresh and she’s incapable of forgiving all the wrongs done to her. Can Ruth learn forgiveness and open her heart to Jacob and a forever-after kind of love?
"Cristabelle: The Christmas Bride"
Crissy Shannon and Sergeant Davie Donovan are as different as dust and fairy sprinkles. Crissy is pious and serious with a shameful secret to hide, which makes her suspicious of men. Davie is a cavalry sergeant, fun-loving and open-hearted with a craving for adventure. Despite their differences, they’re drawn to each other. Davie acquits himself bravely, winning Crissy’s regard and affection. But is it enough? Can the spirit of Christmas overcome the forces pulling them apart?
"Mallory: The Mail Order Bride"
Mallory Metcalf Reynolds and Colonel William Gregor are thrown together under treacherous circumstances. Mallory, a mail order bride who is trying to escape her ruined reputation, has no idea of the dangers facing her at a remote West Texas fort. Colonel Gregor is a grieving widower, who thinks the tender, personal part of his life is over. He’s focused on stopping Apache raids that are terrorizing settlers and travelers alike. Facing a web of complex dangers, Mallory and the colonel form a bond of affection. But will the perils of the frontier, coupled with Mallory’s secret past, drive them apart? Can they find safety and love in each other’s arms?
A West Texas Frontier Trilogy at AMAZON.
Mallory: The Mail Order Bride
Mallory Metcalf Reynolds was born to a life of wealth and privilege in the Old South. But the Civil War turns her life upside
down—she loses both her mother and her childhood sweetheart. When her aunt tries to help by sponsoring her debutante season, Mallory makes a fateful mistake and compromises her reputation. Her
father’s death is the final blow, and she decides to start over, answering an ad for a mail order bride. But when she travels to the far west corner of Texas to meet her intended husband, she finds
the vast unsettled country overwhelming and filled with danger.
Colonel William Gregor has made his reputation in the U. S. Cavalry fighting hostiles and border raiders. When he’s assigned to a remote West Texas fort, his efforts to stop recurring Apache raids are thwarted by the vast and treacherous mountain terrain. To add to his responsibilities, he’s a grieving widower with a daughter to raise. And in this rough-and-tumble outpost, he has few resources to aid him.
When the colonel rescues Mallory, a tentative bond is formed. Mallory’s plan to become a mail order bride is abruptly thwarted, leaving her far from home and with few options. The colonel offers her a position as a teacher. Mallory and the colonel grow closer but when he offers Mallory a marriage of convenience, she hesitates, knowing she must reveal her secret past. Events eclipse her confession, forcing the colonel to face down the Apache while Mallory receives an unexpected threat from home. If they survive their challenges, will the colonel forgive her? Even more important, can Mallory forgive herself for living a lie?
Cristabelle: The Christmas Bride
Cristabelle Shannon is struggling to support her ailing mother as a laundress at Fort Clark. Pious and serious, Crissy safeguards a family secret. If her
secret gets out, she could lose her position, the only decent job she can find. Crissy dreams of a day when she can put her shameful secret behind—a place where no man can trouble her.
Sergeant David Donovan is a fun-loving prankster, who has made the United States cavalry his home. He joined the Army for adventure and to guard the frontier. His outlandish jokes have cost him his stripes, several times, only to be won back by his bravery. Davie is an Army lifer, committed to his free-wheeling ways and with no thought of settling down.
When Davie meets Crissy, he’s drawn to her. The rules of the fort’s commander forbid their relationship. Not wanting to lose her job or encourage him, Crissy resists Davie’s attentions. But when he discovers a plot to steal the fort’s payroll and is plunged into danger, Crissy realizes how much she cares for him. Can she face the shameful secret in her past to embrace her future and be Davie’s Christmas bride?
Ruth: The Rescued Bride
Ruth MacDonald has lost all her family and been a Comanche captive for
two years. Her rescue by the U.S. cavalry comes when she’s giving birth, and her joy at being set free is ruined by losing her son. Faced with the loss of all her loved ones, she turns to the only
person who understands her plight, U.S. cavalry scout, Jacob Wells.
Jacob has led a difficult life, born of a Comanche mother and a cavalry soldier. He serves as a cavalry scout with bravery and integrity, wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps. But when a commission in the Army is within his grasp, he learns there is something more important than ambition—his growing love for Ruth.
Discouraged and grieving, Ruth turns Jacob away to start a new life in the East. She has an important lesson to learn before she can love again—the lesson of forgiveness. Can Ruth forgive all the pain and sorrow she’s suffered and open her heart to Jacob and his forever-after kind of love?
“Snowbirds” is a slang term for individuals or couples, who are retired, semi-retired, and/or
financially independent and whose primary home is in the northern states or Canada. In the winter, they migrate to south Texas for the warm weather, earning their snowbird nickname.
Catalina and the Winter Texan, the first novel in the trilogy, takes place on South Padre Island in an upscale recreational vehicle park. The two other books, Esmeralda and the Second-Hand Suitor and LuAnn and the Latin Lover have interrelated characters who also live in the beachfront RV Park. The three romances focus on “older-than-thirty-somethings” starting over and finding a second chance at romance and love. This set features inspiring and steamy romances, while covering a wide range of issues confronting mature couples, including: widowhood, failed marriages, financial struggles and disapproving grown children.
Join Catalina, Esmeralda, and LuAnn on their journey to learn what’s important in their lives and rediscover the powerful magic of love.
The Snowbirds at AMAZON. For Excerpts of Individual books go to: "Catalina and the Winter Texan," "Esmeralda and the Second-Hand Suitor," and "LuAnn and the Latin Lover."
Love Me Only
A stranger in a strange land, her father murdered, Diana McFarland must protect her father’s secret formula, the only legacy she has. One thing stands in her way—darkly handsome Seguin Torres, a man who wants the formula for himself.
For Seguin, the formula is a way to avenge himself against the man who stole his birthright, but convincing Diana to part with it will prove almost as difficult as resisting his attraction to her. Betrayed by his family, Seguin doesn’t believe in love and marriage.
As Mexico erupts into civil war, Seguin is honor-bound to protect Diana from his unscrupulous stepfather and the ravages of war. But their flight across the war-torn countryside is fraught with danger, as well as the challenge of their growing passion. Can Seguin get Diana to safety and let her go, or will their love overcome all the dangers and change Seguin’s heart?
A West Texas Christmas Trilogy
A West Texas Christmas Trilogy contains three stand-alone books with three separate sweet historical romances. In "A Hard Candy Christmas" Abigail Kerr Sanford is a single mother struggling to raise her child. Sheriff Clint Graham is a man scarred by his background and family tragedies. Drawn into a bitter feud between ranchers and railroaders, Abigail and Clint work together to resolve the feud, learning to respect and trust each other. And as their feelings deepen, they recognize their love is the most special Christmas gift of all. In "Let It Be Christmas" Lindsay MacKillian comes home to West Texas after her Boston fiancé gets her in the family way and deserts her. Determined to atone for her mistake and give her child a name, she enters into a marriage of convenience with her brother’s new partner, Bart Houghton. Bart, a professional gambler, wants to give up his gypsy lifestyle and become a rancher, but marrying his partner’s sister, wasn’t part of the original bargain. Lindsay, who is strictly religious, cannot forgive herself or accept Bart because of his former profession. Bart cares for Lindsay but doesn’t like her rigidity and judgmental attitude. Can Lindsay and Bart change enough to make their marriage a love match? And in "A Mistletoe Christmas" Ginny Brown, a poor seamstress’ daughter, doesn’t stand a chance of catching the eye of the prominent rancher, Chad MacKillian. But when Chad’s sister befriends her, he can’t help but notice his sister’s new friend. Chad is already engaged and honor bound to marry the neighboring rancher’s daughter. As hard as he tries, he can’t ignore his growing feelings for Ginny. Ginny loves Chad with all her heart, but she doesn’t want to be responsible for Chad’s broken engagement. Can Chad and Ginny accept the love they’ve found together and make this the best Christmas of their lives?
A West Texas Christmas Trilogy at AMAZON. For Excerpts of Individual books go to: "A Hard Candy Christmas," "Let It Be Christmas," and "A Mistletoe Christmas."
Border Romance (On the Border Series Book 3)
Leticia Villarreal is lonely. Widowed for eight years, she keeps busy with her ranch and charity work, but they don’t fill the empty place in her heart. When she considers establishing a Quarter horse racing stable, her new endeavor reunites her with an old acquaintance and exposes her horses to danger.
John Clay Laidlaw, a handsome, self-assured, millionaire rancher, has been attracted to Leticia since high school. When he was young and first divorced, he tried to get Leticia to date him, but she didn’t like his arrogant and high-handed ways. Separated from his second wife, John Clay offers to help Leticia with her new racing horse. Remembering how he acted when they were young, she doesn’t trust him. But when someone tries to harm her horses and John Clay rushes to her rescue, can she open her heart to him?
LuAnn and the Latin Lover (Snowbirds Series Book 3)
LuAnn Sparks and Joaquin Sandoval were childhood friends—but not on equal terms—Joaquin’s parents worked for LuAnn’s wealthy family.
LuAnn marries the son of her parents’ best friends and lives the life of a privileged society matron. But when her husband retires and they move to south Texas, tragedy strikes. LuAnn loses her husband and their money. Trying to piece her life back together, she moves into an RV Park and discovers her sexy new neighbor is Joaquin.
Joaquin grows up to be a bad-boy, Harley-riding rebel with a raw talent for golf. But when he realizes he’s not good enough to turn pro, he gets into trouble and drifts until he creates an invention that makes him an overnight millionaire. Despite his success, an unexpected tragedy takes the life of his fiancée. Now he’s determined to obtain custody of his eight-year-old daughter.
Between the sheets, they’re perfect for each other, but otherwise, they’re as different as chalk and cheese. Can an up-tight socialite and a tattooed-biker find a forever-after-kind of love and forge a new family together?
A Mistletoe Christmas
A West Texas Christmas Trilogy (Book 3)
Ginny Brown is a poor seamstress’ daughter who worships the ground Chad MacKillian walks on... from afar. For as long as she can remember, she’s been in love with the prominent rancher. Befriended by Chad’s sister, Ginny overcomes her shyness when Chad finally notices her.
Unknown to Ginny or his sister, Chad is already engaged to the neighboring rancher’s daughter, but their engagement is a business arrangement. The more time Chad spends with Ginny, the more he questions his future plans. Torn between honoring his engagement and his growing feelings for Ginny, he avoids making a decision.
When Chad’s fiancée catches him kissing Ginny beneath the mistletoe, she breaks their engagement. Chad is relieved to be free, but Ginny is humiliated and has had enough of his inconstancy. Faced with losing Ginny and fighting off outlaws bent on revenge, Chad begs Ginny to marry him. But can Chad convince Ginny he really loves her and is eager for her to be his wife?
Let It Be Christmas
A West Texas Christmas Trilogy (Book 2)
After losing both her parents, Lindsay MacKillian has been living with her Aunt Minerva in Boston, learning to be a lady. When her unscrupulous fiancé gets her in the family way and absconds, she escapes home to Langtry, Texas to hide her shame.
Bart Houghton, a professional gambler, wants to quit his old profession and become a rancher, giving the MacKillian’s ranch a much needed infusion of capital. But he didn’t count on marrying Chad’s sister as part of the deal. And to make matters worse, Lindsay doesn’t approve of his former profession and believes he is unworthy as a husband. Lindsay and Bart, despite their differences and having a marriage in name only, can’t help but being attracted to each other. As their attraction matures, they have to face the obstacles of their pasts. Can Lindsay put aside her preconceived notions about Bart? Is Bart ready to settle down and give Lindsay the family she wants?
A Los Angeles Times Book Festival Selection
Leticia Rodríguez is a business woman and an advocate for divorced mothers seeking child support. Despite her accomplishments, she hasn’t recovered from her failed marriage and losing both her parents in a freak accident. The last thing she wants is a sexy Latino attorney pursuing her.
Eduardo Villarreal has two law degrees, one from the States and the other from México. He’s a self-made man and an expert in international law, but like Leticia, his personal life has suffered… the loss of his unborn child, a divorce, and the passing of his mother. And when he learns about the father who betrayed him, he hardens his heart to love… wanting only revenge.
Despite their pasts, Leticia and Eduardo begin an affair. But when she discovers his political ambitions are fueled by vengeance, she realizes he has no room in his heart for love… or her.
Border Heat at Amazon. Read more on the Excerpt page.
Camila Villarreal has had a crush on Rusty Douglas since she was twelve years old. And no matter what she does she can’t stop caring for him.
Rusty, a self-made millionaire and a partner in her family’s ranch, is recovering from a messy divorce and facing a mid-life crisis. He’s not eager to become involved in a serious relationship.
Despite Rusty’s doubts, their mutual attraction blazes into a sizzling affair. But when Camila is kidnapped, Rusty is desperate to rescue her. Will he get her back unharmed? And if he does, can their affair develop into a lasting relationship?
Border Affair at Amazon. Read more on the Excerpts page.
Esmerald and the Second-Hand Suitor (Snowbirds Book Series 2)
What’s a forty-year-old virgin doing in a predicament like this? Looking for a husband but not because she wants one. Shy and inexperienced, Esmeralda Garcia is terrified to be dating and would rather stay at home with her three cats. But her late father’s will decrees she must marry within three years or forfeit her orchard, her only means of support.
Hank McCall, as a romantic ct, leaves a great deal to be desired. Twice divorced and older than Esmeralda, he wants to enjoy his semi-retirement and avoid being entangled in a long-term relationship again.
Scarred by their pasts and challenged by the ap in their ages, Esmeralda and Hank struggle with their mutual attraction and growing affection. When Hank is faced with losing Esmeralda or surrendering to her yearning to have a real family, their fates hang in the balance.
Esmeralda and the Second-Hand Suitor at Amazon. Read more on the Excerpts page.
To Dance Again
2016 RONE FINALIST
They say a woman never forgets her first love, and Maricel Cardona hasn't forgotten Ramón Morales. She remembers dancing all night in Ramón's arms to the sensual beat of their homeland, Puerto Rico. When her family forced her to move to the States, she didn't know she was carrying Ramón's child.
A self-made multi-millionaire, Ramón hasn't forgotten Maricel and the passion he felt, dancing with her. Now, at the pinnacle of his success, he's withdrawn from the world to safeguard his own secret. A secret that, if revealed, would change his life forever.
Reunited after twenty-seven years, will the high school sweethearts get a second chance at love or will their secrets tear them apart?
To Dance Again at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and all eBook retailers. Read more on the Excerpts page.
A HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS FINALIST AT STILL MOMENTS MAGAZINE FOR 2015 BOOK OF
Abigail Kerr Sanford is a single mother struggling to raise her child. Sheriff Clint Graham is a man scarred by his background and family tragedies. Drawn into a bitter feud between ranchers and railroaders, Abigail and Clint work together to resolve the feud, learning to respect and trust each other. And as their feelings deepen, they recognize their love is the most special Christmas gift of all.
A HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS is available now in the Anthology, "Silver Belles and Stetsons: at Amazon.
Read more on the Excerpts page.
THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR
THE PRINCESS AND THE TEMPLAR, hit the NUMBER ONE AMAZON SLOT for medieval historical romance. and Scottish historical romance! The price is still a low $3.99, and it's available in Kindle Unlimited.
Raul de Porcelos, a dedicated Knight Templar, is duty bound to bring orphaned Irish Princess Cahira O'Donnell to wed the Earl of Orkney, Raul's lord. But Cahira has a mind of her own and resists the handsome Templar, refusing to relinquish the castle and lands that her family died to protect. Thrown together by fate, they come to know each other and a forbidden passion is kindled. Who will be the first to surrender to desire, the warrior-princess or the warrior-monk?
CATALINA AND THE WINTER TEXAN (Snowbirds Series Book 1)
2016 RONE SEMI-FINALIST
Catalina Reyes has sacrificed everything to own a beach-front recreational vehicle Park. Widowed and struggling, her Park falls on hard times and needs extensive renovations to stay open.
When Manuel Batista, a widowed and successful contractor rents a slot at the Park, he's immediately attracted to Catalina and captivated by her fiery spirit and determination. Manuel helps Catalina to renovate her Park. Working together, their relationship sizzles, but Catalina realizes Manuel will return north after the winter. Unwilling to start a long-distance relationship after a painful breakup in her previous marriage, she must learn to trust again.
Can they overcome Catalina's fears and bridge the gap of hundreds of miles between their homes and families to find a second chance at love?
Read more on the Excerpts page.
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Cuban beauty Angelina Herrera flees to Key West to start a new life and build her own business. But when her past catches up with her, she realizes the only way she can avoid the arranged marriage is to marry another … in name only.
Drawn to the fiercely independent Angelina, Cuban revolutionary, Alejandro Estava marries Angelina. Though outwardly he agrees to the platonic relationship because of his secret past, he cannot deny his powerful desire to possess her completely.
But tempestuous forces more powerful than the hurricane descending on their island home unleashes their mutual passion while threatening their yearning for a lifelong bond.
A desperate flight, arranged marriage, and secret past—can childhood sweethearts triumph to find love again?
Tempt Fortune at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and all eBook retailers. Read more on the Excerpts page.
Julia Flores has dreamed of spending her life with Ruíz Navarro since they were children on the Texas frontier. When Ruíz goes to fight the war for Texas independence, Julia vows to wait for him.
But when Ruíz returns home, he's no longer the innocent boy Julia knew. War has shattered his soul and made him a bitter, cold man. Yet he cannot ignore the raven-haired beauty Julia has become.
Working side by side to save their families' vineyard from foreclosure, they are tormented by an unspoken desire. And as they find passion in each other's arms, they cannot deny the powerful destiny that has brought them together. But forces of greed and jealousy surround them, threatening the very dreams they both hold most dear..
Midnight Promise is available now at Amazon.
Read more on the Excerpts page.
Where else but in her beloved New Mexico would Natalia Colon want to spend a summer---preferably in the strong arms of her macho childhood friend, Esteban Montalvo. But when she arrives home, hurting from a broken engagement, Natalia discovers her childhood pal has become a minor league baseball player, and with his dark, athletic good looks, is attracting women like bees to honey. She fears he'd never be interested in a bookish school teacher like her. But how wrong she is! Esteban has been secretly in love with Natalia from the time they were children, but he worries his love isn't good enough for her. Can he win Natalia's heart . . . with a soul-searing romance that fulfills all of her summer dreams.
SUMMER DREAMS now availabel in Amazon.
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THE BEST GAME
Damian Escobedo can't believe his eyes. Not only is his ugly duckling childhood next-door neighbor all grown up, she's blossomed into the most exquisite woman he's ever seen. Until now, he's resisted settling down, but one look at Liana De Leon has him head over heels. There's only one problem: as far as he can tell, the feeling isn't exactly mutual. After a decade as a top Manhattan model, Liana has returned to San Antonio seeking what she once wanted to escape: a quiet life, a simple home, a meaningful career, and marriage to a regular guy. A guy who will love her not because of how she looks, but because of who she is inside. The last thing she needs is San Antonio's most eligible bachelor, Damian swooning at her feet. So why is he the first man to make her believe that dreams really do come true?
THE BEST GAME is available now at Amazon.
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THE BEST BET
When straight-laced Professor Rafael Escobedo has a chance to interview for a job in Las Vegas, he reluctantly agrees to pose as his high rolling twin brother in order to take advantage of the casino's perks. It's hard enough to pass himself off as a self-assured gambler, but the last thing Rafael wants to do is arouse suspicion in gorgeous, cosmopolitan hospitality manager, Adriana de los Santos. Rafael soon realizes that casinos aren't Vegas' only attraction---there are plenty of wedding chapels, too, and he's determined to march Adriana into one of them . . .
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THE BEST BET is available now at Amazon.