Past Promises
Publisher: Amber House Books LLC (June 30, 2014)

Can a prim "lady scientist" coax a rugged cowboy into surrendering his heart?

Prim and proper Jessica Stanbridge is a brilliant paleontologist who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick, wire-framed spectacles. She travels to the wild west in search of dinosaur bones, but instead finds an ornery—but gorgeous—cowboy who agrees to serve as her guide.

Rory Burnett hides his passion in his secret poetry, but he can't disguise his growing desire for the determined young beauty…or his fear that Jessica's quest might lead her into deadly danger. As the spark of passion between them flares into an irresistible flame beneath the sizzling heat of the desert sun, Rory and Jessica must decide if the promises of the past are going to lead them to destruction…or to a future in each other's arms…

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Glass Beach
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 29, 2014)

Even paradise demands a price for love and happiness . . .

Widowed Elizabeth Bennett believes her troubles are over. Her loveless marriage is at an end. The death of her husband leaves her free to raise their daughter, Hadley, alone on her beautiful Hawaiian ranch . . . until the handsome Spence Laamea, her husband's heir and illegitimate son from a liaison with a native woman, arrives. Spence takes the estate--and Elizabeth's fate--under his control.

Despite her distrust and against a backdrop of disapproval among the island's strict nineteenth-century white society, passions erupt between them. Elizabeth and Spence struggle to build a life for themselves and her daughter. When a deadly hurricane bears down on the island, it tests the bonds of love and loyalty they've tried to deny.

Note: this is a re-issue of a classic "old school" style historical romance with explicit love scenes. It was not written for the Inspirational reader.

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Wildflower
Publisher: Purple Papaya (February 23, 2010)

Dani Whittaker, a young woman forced to live her life masquerading as a boy, suddenly finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime, one that will take her from the ragged peaks of the Grand Tetons to a lush Caribbean island. Troy Fontaine, grandson of a pirate, experienced Creole lover, woodsman, hunter, gambler and entrepreneur, cannot face the future until a dark mystery in his past has been solved. Though he denies it, he's not the kind of man who can ignore Dani's plight either—and certainly not after he ignites her passion and takes her virginity. Though they try to fight their desire for one another for the sake of independence, these two star crossed lovers discover that love is a force that always conquers all.

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Day Dreamer
The Runaways Book 1

On the streets of New Orleans 1816, a veiled woman approached Celine Winters and asked her to switch places. For Celine, it meant a chance to escape, a daydream come true. By simply exchanging cloaks, Celine and the mystery woman would exchange their lives--and fates. Celine would marry a man she had never met, live in a land she'd never seen, and find a destiny far greater than any daydream.

Note: this is a re-issue of a classic "old school" style historical romance with explicit love scenes. It was not written for the Inspirational reader.


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Just Once
The Runaways Book 2

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Jemma O'Hurley, a spoiled New Orleans debutante of 1816 who, rather than marry the man her father has chosen for her, chooses to run away one dark and stormy night. She prays for a way out and fate brings her in contact with a young woman running for her life who is more than willing to step into Jemma's shoes. Alone on the dangerous streets of New Orleans, Jemma is soon spotted by Hunter Boone, a backwoodsman from Illinois who takes her up the Mississippi where she not only has to cope with Hunter but his hardscrabble life on the frontier and the cast of hard working, kindhearted characters she meets. Adventure, humor and passionate "old school" historical romance fill the pages of JUST ONCE.

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Blue Moon
The Runaways Book 3

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Lost in the watery backwoods of an Illinois swamp, a frightened young runaway meets a lonely stranger...two wounded souls hiding from the world. Together, in a treetop sanctuary, they would learn the importance of trust, and forgiveness--and moonlight... Noah LeCroix, half-French and half-Cherokee is convinced he's the oldest living male virgin in southern Illinois and certain he's destined to be alone forever...until one fateful night when he hears a bone chilling scream from the depths of the swamp.

Olivia Bond is on the run from a terrible year as a captive in a whorehouse in New Orleans. Hopelessly lost, Olivia is unconscious by the time Noah finds her, a disgraced heroine who finds freedom in forgiveness and the love of a reclusive hero who dares to stay and give his heart when running would be easier.

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After All
The Cassidy Men Series

"Historical romance at its very best." Publishers Weekly

Eva Eberhart was looking for way out of her dance hall life...and found herself at Trail's End. Gruff rancher Chase Cassidy didn't think Eva had what it took to be housekeeper to a bunch of ranch hands but he wanted to give her a chance. For Chase himself lived in the shadow of his own dangerous past.

Maybe together they could find a place in the heart where they could build a sweet forgiving love. Because in Last Chance, Montana, the greatest chance of all comes along once in a lifetime.


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Last Chance
The Cassidy Men Series

"Readers who loved After All will be overjoyed with this 1st rate spin off." Publishers Weekly

It was Independence Day 1894 when the widow Rachel McKenna decided, "I will not wear black tomorrow." Her husband, the sheriff of Last Chance, Montana, had been dead for a year. Now, sitting alone on the edge of the dance floor listening to the music, she was ready to start living again.

It was then that Lane Cassidy walked boldly toward her and asked, "May I have this dance?" Rachel knew the town gossips would be shocked. Lane was a legendary gunfighter and to dance with him was unthinkable, scandalous, and exactly what Rachel decided to do.

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Sunflower
RWA Golden Heart and Rita (Golden Medallion) Winner


Analisa, a strong, independent woman with a tragic background, stumbles upon a half-dead stranger on her doorstep. Caleb was a man whose heritage challenged every feeling in her heart. And yet, their love was as inevitable as the sunrise -- as powerful as the prairie winds.


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Rose
RWA Rita finalist


The sultry, dark-eyed beauty dared to leave her home in a small Italian village and journey to America, to join her husband on the wild frontier. But a tragic twist of fate left her alone in Busted Heel, Wyoming, with little more than a pocketful of dreams and a memory of love... From the moment he saw lovely Rosa, the hardened town marshal felt his heart fill with desire. But the darkly handsome man hid a shadowed past behind his ice-blues eyes. A past that could threaten their fiery love...

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Come Spring
RWA Rita Winner

Love's tender kiss turns a harsh frontier winter into spring when Bostonian Annika Storm heads West to seek adventure--only to be mistaken for a mail-order bride and abducted by rugged Buck Scott. And by the time Scott realizes he has the wrong woman, the two are stranded in his remote cabin by a violent snowstorm.

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Heart of Stone (Irish Angel Series)
Publisher: Zondervan (February 23, 2010)

She had the darkest of pasts. And he had everything to lose by loving her. Laura Foster, free from the bondage of an unspeakable childhood, has struggled to make a new life for herself. Now the owner of an elegant boardinghouse in Glory, Texas, she is known as a wealthy, respectable widow. But Laura never forgets that she is always just one step ahead of her past. When Reverend Brand McCormick comes calling, Laura does all she can to discourage him as a suitor. She knows that if her past were discovered, Brand's reputation would be ruined. But it's not only Laura's past that threatens to bring Brand down---it's also his own. When a stranger in town threatens to reveal too many secrets, Laura is faced with a heartbreaking choice: Should she leave Glory forever and save Brand's future? Or is it worth risking his name---and her heart---by telling him the truth?

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Heart of Lies (Irish Angel Series)
Publisher: Zondervan (February 22, 2011)


Raised in a tribe of street urchins, Maddie Grande was taught to be a thief and beggar on the streets of New Orleans. But Maddie doesn't know her real name or where she came from. Raised by Dexter Grande, Maddie and her twin 'brothers' have recently left New Orleans and moved to the bayou. The twins are rarely there, but Maddie has come to love the swamp. She has learned to fish and trap and sell pelts at the local mercantile. Maddie longs to change her life but knows that her brothers will never give up their lawless ways. When they kidnap the daughter of a wealthy carpetbagger, the twins force Maddie to hide the precocious eight-year-old while they return to New Orleans to wait for notice of a reward. Pinkerton agent Tom Abbott is assigned to the kidnapping case in which Maddie has become an accomplice. In a journey that takes them to Baton Rouge, a mutual attraction becomes evident, but Tom and Maddie cannot trust each other. Will Maddie ever discover who she is? Will her real family ever find her? Will Maddie and Tom listen to their hearts? Or will they choose honor over love?

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Heart of Glass (Irish Angel Series)
Publisher: Zondervan (March 20, 2012)


Kate Keene's childhood memories compel her to take her newly-acquired architectural skills to a dilapidated Louisiana mansion. But when she returns to the Reconstruction-era South, she's shocked to discover the man she's dreamed of for so long has become a bitter, angry recluse. Colin Delany, the handsome older brother of her best friend, has lost all he once held dear, with no hope of ever restoring the Belle Fleuve mansion and plantation. Filled with spunk and determination, Kate feels it's her duty to help, so when Colin demands she roll up her drawings and get out, she refuses. And when Colin forces Kate to promise his dying sister they will care for his niece and nephew, she complies. Having been orphaned herself, Kate realizes she must put the children's welfare above her own, even if it means a marriage of convenience. But will Colin's hovering darkness ever lift? And can Kate's persistent love and faith transform their uncertain future? Book three in the Irish Angel series explores the hope of a reflection of love in a heart of glass.

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Homecoming
Publisher: Steeple Hill (July 1, 2008)

For the first time, Eyes-of-the-Sky prayed to the white man's God. One look in the mirror told her she was not a Comanche…yet she remembered no other life. She watched the whites who had taken her in after her "rescue," the mother, Hattie, and her handsome son, Joe, and wondered what her life had been like before her childhood abduction. She looked at Joe, who had suffered much and forgave little, and knew longing in her heart. But questions remained: What am I? Who am I?

Jill Marie Landis weaves an unforgettable story about a young woman adrift in two worlds, and her courageous journey to discovery, belonging and love.

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The Accidental Lawman
Publisher: Steeple Hill (June 1, 2009)

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Not five minutes in a one-horse Texas town, and Hank Larson foils a bank robbery. No matter that one of the bandits tripped right over Hank's dusty boots. Suddenly, the newcomer is hailed a hero and anointed sheriff. Hank came to Glory to report crime in the newspaper—not stop it himself. But everyone thinks the Lord led him there to save the day. Everyone except the town's beautiful healer, Amelia Hawthorne. The robber who got away was her nineteen-year-old brother. And it's Hank's job to bring the guy in.

Hank knows all about losing family. And he slowly sets about restoring Amelia's shaky faith. But doing what's right might mean breaking her heart… and his own.

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Summer Moon
Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 31, 2001)

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RANCHER SEEKING WIFE. For Kate Whittington, the modest words of a newspaper ad are the answer to her desperate prayers. Daughter of a dockside harlot and raised in a bleak orphanage, she has no prospects in the unforgiving Maine village of her birth. Correspondence from the lonely Texas widower looking for a mail-order bride sparks tempting dreams of a house, a family, and a future in a land filled with possibilities.

Kate arrives at the magnificent Lone Star Ranch eager to meet her new husband. Instead she is greeted by the news that Reed Benton has been wounded during a raid on a Comanche village and has returned with a prisoner--a wild-looking young boy who may be his long lost son. Even more shattering, however, is the fact that Reed has never heard of Kate, never wrote the searing letters that charmed her heart.

Reed Benton doesn't want a wife. But he does need someone to look after the boy--a bitter reminder of a past ravaged by lies and betrayal. It will take a miracle to heal these two damaged souls . . . or the faith of one woman with nothing left to lose but her heart.

Summer Moon is a deeply moving story of broken promises and new beginnings, crafted by a true master of romantic fiction.

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Lover's Lane
Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 27, 2004)

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For six years, Carly Nolan has built a life for herself and her son Christopher, never getting too close to anyone. Nobody in the sleepy little beach community of Twilight Cove suspects she is running—from the mistakes she made in her youth, the memory of her fiancé Rick and his unexpected death, and the rich, powerful people who want to take away her child. All that is about to change.

Private investigator Jake Montgomery has been searching for the elusive Caroline Graham since the day she disappeared with Rick's baby. When he finally finds her living under an assumed name, she's no longer a wild teenager, but a devoted, utterly captivating single mother. Cautiously, Carly dares to trust an outsider for the first time in years. She never imagines that Jake, caught between his mission and his growing passion, poses a threat to her protected world. If her secrets are revealed, Carly risks losing the child she holds so dear—and the man who possesses the key to her heart.

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Heat Wave
Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 26, 2005)

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Private investigator Kat Vargas once cared about someone so much it hurt. Once she lived a dream life with her first love and fiancé—until betrayal followed by shattering tragedy ended it all. Kat has sworn never to get too close to anyone again. But now the peace and quiet of Twilight Cove is driving the straight-talking, no-nonsense P.I. crazy. Then a prospective new client shows up at the door. Moved by his stubbornness and sincerity, Kat takes his case, breaking a promise to relax, recoup, and rethink her solitary life.

Ty Chandler is desperate to locate the child he fathered nineteen years ago—a child he never knew existed until now. Although he's no stranger to heartache, he is irresistibly drawn to the exotic, vibrantly alluring P.I. Their search not only leads them to Ty's troubled, strong-willed daughter, but into each others' arms. Though Kat courageously works to help Ty reunite his family, she's terrified of confronting a painful secret of her own—one that will cost her the love of the only man capable of tearing down the walls she's built around her heart.

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Heartbreak Hotel
Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 25, 2006)

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A supportive wife and mother, Tracy Potter always played by the rules and maintained a perfect home. But after her husband's sudden death, she learns the devastating truth: all she believed in–from their wealth to their marriage vows-–was a perfect lie. Forced to start over, Tracy puts everything into resurrecting the Heartbreak Hotel, a long-abandoned turn-of-the-century inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. She's determined to never again believe in anyone but herself–until the night mysterious loner Wade MacAllister checks in. Intrigued by the secret disillusionment in his eyes–one that mirrors her own–Tracy finds that a growing desire challenges her at every turn.

The Heartbreak Hotel is a perfect place for Wade to hide not only from his notoriety as an author, but the shocking events in his past. Drawn to Tracy and her struggle to succeed, he is quickly compelled to risk the anonymity on which his survival depends. By the time Tracy discovers the handsome stranger's true identity, there's more than ever at stake. She is not only forced to risk another broken heart and learn to trust again, but she must fight to make Wade believe in their love.

Along California's sparkling blue coastline and amid its mist-shrouded nights, Heartbreak Hotel unfolds a suspenseful and yet tender story of second chances against all odds, of families lost and regained . . . and of the ways unexpected love can make even the most disillusioned hearts believe.

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Mai Tai One On
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (July 1, 2011)

"I loved this book!" -- Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times Bestselling author

"Smart and sassy, fun and endearing." -- Kristin Hannah, New York Times Bestselling author

"Fun and fabulous." -- Stella Cameron, New York Times Bestselling author

Six months ago, if anyone would have told Em Johnson she'd end up divorced, broke, and running the dilapidated Tiki Goddess Bar on the magical North Shore of Kauai she would have told them to shove a swizzle stick up their okole. As if all that isn't bad enough, when an obnoxious neighbor with a grudge is found dead in the Goddess luau pit, suspicion falls on Em and the rest of the Goddess staff. With the help of a quirky dance troupe of over-the-hill Hula Maidens, Em and the cast of characters must ban together to find the killer and solve the mystery before the next pupu party.


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Two to Mango
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (June 20, 2012)

Forget the grass skirts. Some of the Island's top hula dancers are pushing up daisies.

Everyone at Em Johnson's famous North Shore Kauai hang-out, The Tiki Goddess Bar, knows that the bar's irrepressible Hula Maidens take their hula dancing seriously. So when famed hula instructors from a rival dance troop start dropping like over-ripe passion fruit, Em and the Hula Maidens go undercover at the Kukui Nut Festival Hula Competition to uncover the killer. Em is once again up to her okole in danger and mystery, not to mention the seductive challenge of working with hunky detective Roland Sharpe, who moonlights as one of the island's sexiest fire dancers.

The hula is lively, the luau is smoking, the mai tais are delicious, and a killer is looking to get away with murder in paradise.


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Three to Get Lei'd
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (2013)

Someone on the island is "acting out," with murderous intent . . .

A jigger of tranquility is all Em Johnson wants, but now that her beloved Tiki Goddess Bar has been chosen as the location for Trouble in Paradise, TV's hot new reality show, life is anything but tranquil. When a member of the camera crew is found dead in her kitchen—stabbed to death with Chef Kimo's sashimi knife—the scene on the sleepy North Shore of Kauai goes from eccentrically crazy to downright dangerous. Suspects lurk behind every paper drink umbrella.

It's not enough that Chef Kimo is the number one suspect or that the life's-a-party Hula Maidens nearly burn down the place while dancing the hula with flaming coconuts. Em still has to deal with her Uncle Louie's wedding to The Black Widow—until his fianceé's Mercedes plunges into the Pacific. Roland Sharpe, a handsome, Hawaiian, fire-dancing detective, warns the locals not to interfere, but Em and the madcap Maidens can't help themselves and soon wind up knee deep in danger again. Can the irrepressible troupe solve three murders before the champagne goes flat?

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Too Hot Four Hula
Bell Bridge Books (June 30, 2014)

The drinks are hot, but Em's alibi is ice cold.

A marauding monkey, a mysterious murder, middle-aged hula maidens, and mugs full of Mai Tai's.

Just another day in Tiki Goddess Paradise . . .

Crime-solving sleuth Em Johnson and her Uncle Louie, owner of the famous Tiki Goddess Bar on Kauai, head for the Cocktail Shake Off Competition in Honolulu. What is supposed to be a fun trip to a mixologist contest turns weird when Louie's legendary "Booze Bible" is stolen, and Em's ex-husband winds up dead--with Em the number-one suspect. Sexy Kauai detective and part-time fire dancer Roland Sharpe rushes to Em's side along with the unpredictable Hula Maidens, whose detective skills are even more haphazard than their dance routine at the island tiki bars. Toss in an escaped monkey and a killer who wants to make this the Last Call for someone's honky-tonk tiki-tossing night out, and it's going to be another wild escapade for Em and her Hula Maidens.


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