Holiday Romance: A Collection of Short Stories : Hearts On The Run : Be My Valentine : A Little Trouble In Big Sky
Sabra's Wild West Adventure : Case Of The Ghost Maid : The Spyglass Portal : A Stolen Life : High Lonesome
Line Dancing Can Be Murder : Takin' The Reins : Beckoning Spirit : Deception At Dark Hall : Cries In The Mist
Between Two Worlds : Trail Of Golden Dreams : Secrets Of Seacliff House : A Haunted Twist Of Fate : Haunt
A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
A collection of 12 sweet, contemporary short stories celebrating love and romance on your favorite holidays. Enjoy one for each month of the year.
HEARTS ON THE RUN
Formerly published as Tularosa Moon.
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!
Winner of The Romance Studio’s 5-Heart
Sweetheart Book of the Week!
You can run, but you can't hide from love...
Cole Roberts has been unlucky in love--twice--and he's sworn not to get involved again. Renovating the New Mexico family horse business into a guest ranch is a good distraction, until the ranch's new masseuse arrives. Captivating but secretive, the brown-eyed beauty intrigues him.
Three years ago, Lindy Grainger testified against a murderer and landed in witness protection. Her latest identity is masseuse at a guest ranch, but how long before she must reinvent herself--again? She can't get involved with anyone, no matter how big-hearted and charming he is.
Cole's heart can't take another rejection. Lindy has to steer clear of relationships. But as their attraction grows, a murderer bent on revenge closes in, and Lindy must trust Cole with her secret or lose him. Will the truth set her free, or tear them apart?
BE MY VALENTINE
A Holiday Romance Short Story
It’s Valentine’s Day and Courtney Scott expects to be engaged by the end of the evening. Unfortunately, her boyfriend has a fear of commitment. An unexpected blizzard and car accident add to her disappointment and frustration. But a night spent together in a magical cabin in the woods just might bring her the one gift she desires.
A LITTLE TROUBLE IN BIG SKY
Contemporary Western Romance
Formerly published as Big Sky
Winner of The Romance Studio's 5-Heart Sweetheart Book of the Week!
Taylor doesn't expect her reluctant homecoming to include a murder, a ghost…and romance with the ranch foreman.
Photographer Taylor Young fled to L.A. following her sister's betrayal six years ago. Now Jamie's dead, Mama has broken a hip in a drunken fall, and Taylor's stepfather has begged her to return to her family's Montana ranch to make amends.
After a bitter divorce, Brett Austin, foreman of the Slash Y Ranch, believes horses are more of a sure thing than women. But undeniable chemistry with the boss's daughter convinces him it's time to take another chance at love.
When Taylor's mother insists Jamie's death was not suicide-a theory confirmed by Jamie's ghost-Taylor wonders who could have wanted her sister dead. With a list of suspects as long as her camera strap, she needs an ally. Could that person be a tall drink of water in a cowboy hat?
SABRA'S WILD WEST ADVENTURE
Book 2 of The Spirited Western Women Series
Formerly published as Third Time's A Charm
Best Western Romance Honorable Mention 2010 and TRS CAPA Nominee!
Married into Boston's elite society, Sabra Bennett prefers horseback riding and ragtime music to sipping tea with the ladies. When a surprise discovery turns tragic, she flees to wild untamed Colorado Territory harboring a secret and determined to start anew.
Irishman, Noah Tucker, has spent years sailing the high seas and sampling a woman in every port. Now he's settled n Gumption, Colorado intent on raising sheep. The moment he meets the redheaded widow, he entertains thoughts of making her his mistres. But her close-mouthed ways hint she's not who she claims to be.
When Sabra becomes the object of affection for more than one man, she vows to keep her secret safe at all costs. But when Tucker takes her in his arms, she's willing to gamble there's more to him than his whiskey-swilling antics. He just might be the one man she can trust with everything-including her heart.
CASE OF THE GHOST MAID
Book Three of the Briony Martin Mystery Series
On Valentine’s Day 1957, Briony Martin is surprised by an invitation to travel with love interest, John Fletcher, to Savannah, Georgia to help him solve a mystery. John is a private investigator, and his mother’s childhood friend has requested his assistance in a hair-raising situation involving Sanders Weatherly, sole heir to Weatherly Plantation. Weatherly’s housemaid is missing, his young gardener’s body is strangely degenerating, and there’s evidence of the paranormal at work.
Amidst the wild beauty of the plantation’s marshlands, river, and sweeping oaks bearded with Spanish moss, Briony senses powerful psychic energy and is able to see spirits. Talk of a witch’s hex and a family story about a jeweled necklace stolen from pirates add to the allure. When a decades-old riddle is discovered, it’s up to Briony and John to decipher it and determine if it holds the key to the maid’s disappearance. In the meantime, their investigation brings to light information showing that each member of the household has a motive for wanting the maid dead.
While Briony and John try to determine who is innocent and who is guilty of wrongdoing, they’re also busy sorting out their feelings for each other. Southern superstition holds fast as the couple faces twists and turns that finally lead to an ending neither of them expected.
THE SPYGLASS PORTAL: A Lighthouse Novel
Paranormal Romance/Time Travel
House flipper, Samantha Landers, witnesses a freak accident in which her business partner ends up in a coma. Struggling to forgive herself for the part she played in the tragedy, she accepts her psychiatrist's offer to stay in a friend's renovated lighthouse on the coast of Maine. There in the picture perfect village of Pavee Cove, Sam hopes to find peace. But after discovering an antique sea captain's spyglass hidden in the light tower, strange and unexplainable things begin to happen. Each time she peers through the spyglass, Sam's world turns upside down, inside out, and sideways. Does she have a brain tumor? Are the meds she's taking causing her to hallucinate? Or has she simply lost her mind? Stepping into this bizarre nightmare is Aidan, a man who is eerily familiar and the one constant she can count on.
Painting and the ocean are Aidan's refuge against his own demons. As soon as Samantha walks into his life, old dreams return, as well as his obsession with a girl from the past who mysteriously disappeared. Sam might be unstable, but she needs his help, and a power stronger than logic draws him to her.
Just when Samantha is sure she's gone mad, an old man helps her to understand the mystery of the spyglass and the mystical power that it holds. What she learns will lead her to discover buried family secrets and the one man whose soul has been connected to hers for longer than either of them can imagine.
A STOLEN LIFE
Eighteen-year-old Kit Malone has lived a pirate’s life for ten years, though not of her own choosing. When ruthless Captain Tory orders young women kidnapped from a seaside village and Kit is instructed to watch them until ransoms are paid, she makes a startling discovery. One of them is her mirror image.
Bonding over their likeness, Tamsin Mallory tells Kit about her privileged life, as well as her fiancé, Christopher. Longing for family and to be a proper lady, the seeds of a plan form in Kit’s mind. When Tamsin dies, Kit sets her plan of assuming Tamsin’s identity into motion. After narrowly surviving a storm at sea, she is rescued by Matthew, a trapper who lives in isolation after a devastating heartbreak.
When Kit finally arrives at Mallory Manor, she becomes Tamsin in body and soul. But how long will it be before someone discovers the truth? And how will her attraction to loner Matthew affect her upcoming marriage to charming Christopher?
A mystical crone spouting warnings lead to a final battle with Kit’s nemesis, while a tomb in the family graveyard guides her on a journey toward a life-changing discovery.
Contemporary Western Romance
Night Owl Review Top Pick!
Scott Landry, lifelong cowboy and steadfast owner of the High Lonesome Guest Ranch in Ghost Rock, New Mexico, happens across a dark-haired beauty who has been assaulted and left for dead in the high desert. She's suffering from amnesia and remembers nothing about an attack, where she's from, or even her name. From the moment Scott lays eyes on the woman they come to call "Beth", he knows everything in his life is about to change.
While recuperating, Beth embraces ranch life and grows close to the kind and handsome widower and his precocious young daughter. Just as she's discovering a happiness and peace she suspects she's never known, she starts to experience terrifying flashbacks and visions of a little girl. When she learns the truth about her past and returns to an uncertain future, something hints that her life may be in danger…again.
LINE DANCING CAN BE MURDER
Six lifelong friends from a small Illinois town spend every Monday night country line dancing together. In between the songs, they grumble about jobs, men, and the growing dissatisfaction with getting older. One January evening, the complaining reaches an all-time high. Teresa, ringleader of their little circus, experiences a light bulb moment and suggests they book a summer bus tour to jazz up their humdrum lives and celebrate the first of them turning fifty.
Fast forward to June, and they've arrived in Las Vegas ready for nine days of fun and adventure out west. Surprise number 1: Their fellow travelers are all at least twenty years older than they are. Surprise number 2: The tour director is a hunka hunka burning love who has quite a way with the ladies. Surprise number 3: One of those ladies decides he must die.
Join the National Parks Wonders Tour and meet Teresa, Jackie, Crystal, Annette, Kim, and Donna as they share the vacation of a lifetime, laughter and tears, and one big secret they'll take to their graves.
TAKIN' THE REINS
Contemporary Western Romance
Formerly Published as Lucky in Love
Jordan Mackenzie has left Colorado for New Mexico, where she claims the Lucky Seven Ranch—an inheritance left to her from an aunt she met once. Jordan’s a city girl who knows nothing about country life, and the ranch needs some TLC. But this is a fresh start, and she’s willing to accept the challenge. The question that nags is why did Aunt Lydia leave her the ranch?
She soon learns her aunt not only ran a horse rescue operation, but a powerful land baron believes his destiny is to own the Lucky Seven, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it. Added to the mix are rancher Wyatt Brannigan and contractor Cole Roberts who immediately involve themselves in her life and begin a rivalry for her attention. Still stinging from her former boyfriend’s betrayal, romance is the last thing on her mind.
Threats, animals, and forces of nature will test Jordan, causing her to wonder whether she has what it takes to make a new life. Most unexpected are the feelings both Wyatt and Cole stir within her. But who is just a friend? And to whom does she lose her heart? The discovery of a family secret and a near tragedy convince her that takin’ the reins of her own life will fulfill long-desired dreams of hearth and home—and true love.
Short Story Formerly published as Chasing Her Dreams
Following a year of one disappointing turn after another, Devin Fuller has been dreaming for weeks of a mysterious woman in white beckoning to her from atop the island lighthouse. On the anniversary of her grandma's death, Devin feels a supernatural push to visit Grandma’s grave on Monhegan Island. However, the last ferry has been cancelled due to an approaching storm. In steps local Maine fisherman, Kipp Sullivan, who offers to ferry her across the bay. Although they’ve never met, both feel an immediate connection the moment they look into each other’s eyes, as if they’ve always known each other. When their hands touch, an electrical charge jumps between them, and time and space blend.
Once they cross the storm-tossed sea and reach the island, Devin has an eerie encounter with ghosts, and she and Kipp become acutely aware of the strange coincidences piling up around them. The lighthouse, an old oil painting, and spirits from beyond the grave appear to be pieces of a puzzle meant to bring the couple together. But do they believe in reincarnation? And if so, can the mistakes of the past lead to happily ever after in the present?
DECEPTION AT DARK HALL
Book Two of the Briony Martin Mystery Series
February 1956… Three months after returning from Maine, Briony Martin is headed to Chicago for the christening of her best friend’s baby. Upon arriving, she discovers Paige’s brother-in-law Daniel has been attending séances at Dark Hall, an opulent Gothic mansion rife with rumors of witchcraft and drug use. Paige is worried for Daniel, who has become enamored with the beautiful Sharlyn Dark, a medium who claims to communicate with the dead.
Having had some recent encounters with the paranormal, Briony is talked into attending a séance with Daniel to find out if he’s being financially swindled or emotionally taken advantage of. What she finds at Dark Hall is strange history, secrets, and some unusual inhabitants who may or may not be what they appear.
When Daniel stumbles upon a murder and almost becomes a victim himself, Briony uses her newly acquired detective skills to help solve this and older crimes that have a connection to Dark Hall. In the meantime, after three weeks of no correspondence, she’s finally heard from John Fletcher, the man she met in Maine and her new love interest. He’s planning to visit soon, and with his promise comes a surprise that could alter her life in ways she never dreamed.
CRIES IN THE MIST
Book One of the Briony Martin Mystery Series
The year is 1955… After discovering a desperate letter from her estranged father, Briony Martin faces one of her many fears and travels from Kansas to the isolated island of Cape Marble, Maine in search of answers. While approaching by water, she spies a lighthouse eerily shrouded in mist. A woman in a long dress appears on the observation deck and then vanishes just as quickly. Could she be the missing woman Briony’s father spoke of in his letter? Or one of the many ghosts John Fletcher, Cape Marble’s prodigal son returned, has casually mentioned on the ferry ride?
Shortly after arriving, Briony learns her father has been murdered. She soon takes on the role of detective and realizes just how many residents had a reason to wish him dead. As the mystery thickens and she uncovers a shocking secret and his chilling connection to the spirits haunting the lighthouse, her paranormal experiences escalate—as does her attraction to John, a man with secrets of his own.
Could her father’s murder and the woman’s disappearance be linked? Whose cries does Briony hear in the lighthouse? And whose face stares at her from the lantern room? Is the alluring John a friend or foe? One thing is for certain. If Briony doesn’t watch her step, she may lose both her heart and her life.
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
Time Travel Romance
Formerly published as Delaney's Crossing
A 300-year old Celtic curse unites a career woman from the present with a western doctor from the past.
Delaney Marshall is disappointed with the dating scene and making costly mistakes in her career. On a day when everything goes wrong, a rainbow appears and a strange Irish cab driver urges her to cross a bridge she's never seen before—causing her to question her sanity after realizing she's stepped into the Wild West 124 years in the past.
Gabriel Whitman, a handsome bachelor with a secret, is the town doctor in 1888 Phoenix. When a runaway wagon threatens the life of a pretty blonde in a short skirt and mismatched shoes, he pushes her out of harm's way, and more than sparks from the wagon wheels start to fly.
Somehow Delaney's traveled into another world and found the man of her dreams. But can true love transcend the separation of time?
TRAIL OF GOLDEN DREAMS
Book 1 of The Spirited Western Women Series
Formerly published as Outlaw Trail
At nineteen, Josie Hart has lived a hard and lonely life on her New Mexican farm. A cryptic map from her father gives her a chance to change all that and guides her on a perilous journey toward freedom and a fresh start. But there are others who want what she's after and will stop at nothing to get it.
Grey Paladin seeks justice after having had his fortune stolen from him by Leroy Hart. He'll do whatever it takes to retrieve what's rightfully his and reunite with the only family he has left. That is, until a feisty girl stands in his way and makes his life more complicated.
When Josie and Grey form an uncertain partnership, they must battle outlaws, nature, and each other while riding two hundred miles of dangerous trail to reach their destination and the gold nuggets that will make both their dreams come true. What they discover at the end of the trail is something that's been sorely lacking on both their lives, leading them each to rethink what the future could hold.
SECRETS OF SEACLIFF HOUSE
Contemporary Gothic Romance
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!
For the past twenty-seven years, Kayla Grayson’s mother has refused to discuss Kayla’s absent father or explain why the two of them have been alone in the world without relatives. A mysterious email sends Kayla to a Maryland beach town and her grandmother’s home, Seacliff House. There, Kayla hopes to discover who she is and why her past has been shrouded in mystery.
When Tanner Bishop discovers an old diary among his grandfather’s possessions, his interest is piqued. Some of the entries speak of Pearl, a young woman who abandoned her son and fled Maine for Maryland in 1958. The journalist in Tanner wants to know what became of Pearl once she found her way to Seacliff House. But as the woman’s great-grandson, he needs to know.
Kayla quickly learns the whereabouts of her father and meets her formidable grandmother, while Tanner investigates his own connection to Seacliff House. Through a mutual interest in searching out their roots, romance blossoms. But events that cannot be stopped are quickly set in motion—including murder and a ghost sighting—to reveal secrets of the past that threaten the couple’s hopeful future.
A HAUNTED TWIST OF FATE
Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Night Owl Review Top Pick!
While grieving the loss of her parents, Shay Brennan is drawn to the Black Hills of South Dakota and finds herself the owner of a historic 1885 saloon. But, she soon realizes she's not alone in the Buckhorn. Two ghosts are sending her messages. One needs her help, while the other is intent on doing harm. What do they want with Shay? And what part does she play in the terrible events that happened in the saloon a century ago?
Colt Morgan, a local realtor who sold the Buckhorn to Shay, is a non-believer in the paranormal, but unexpectedly finds himself helping her solve the mystery of who the spirits are. Widowed for ten years, Colt's not looking for love. So why does his heart pound every time he's near Shay? And how does his connection to an old friend tie in with her and the haunting?
Two hearts in the present are linked to two souls from the past. Could it be coincidence, or is it a Haunted Twist of Fate?
HAUNT - A Collection of Short Ghost Stories
A burn victim meets the Good Samaritan who provided comfort in her time of need. A newlywed encounters a malevolent ghost who forces her to play a terrifying game of treasure hunt. And an innocent man is drawn into the mesmerizing song of a siren bent on revenging her murder. These and other stories are what you'll find in this collection of modern short ghost stories.