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The Memory of You  a.k.a. Something Worth Remembering)

PREQUEL to the Return to Redemption Series

    

"Readers will find themselves touched by this enduring tale of unforgettable love. Kellogg has chosen a delicate subject and she blends faith, hope and romance to create a wonderful read. 

 

RT Book Reviews


If you liked The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks,

you'll love The Memory of You."

 

IndieReader.com 4/26/2012

 

“A heart-warming tale of love and second chances.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!”

 

Joy Nash, USA Today best-selling author of

The Unforgiven and A Little Light Magic

    

 A poignant and sensual read filled with great

characters you’ll fall in love with.”

 

Hope Ramsay, best-selling author of

Welcome to Last Chance

 

She can't forget him — He can't remember her

Together they must discover the healing power of unforgettable love

 

The day Second Lieutenant Matthew Foster departed for his so-called ‘tour’ in Vietnam, he never expected a sudden change in his itinerary would include an extended stay in horrific accommodations like the Hanoi Hilton. Six years later, he’s finally released with the other POWs during Operation Homecoming. Unfortunately, his memories before his capture were erased by the complimentary physical and emotional torture generously provided by the hotel’s concierge. Due to prior facial injuries and the beard concealing his gauntness, he looks nothing like the boyish photo in his military file.

 

When the Army informs Matt he has a wife and he was mistakenly declared dead, he’s sure Abby must have made a new life for herself. He doubts the bitter man he’s become can salvage the boy she once cared for, so to be fair to her, he decides to simply write a note to wish her well and leave. But before he does, he can’t resist going to Redemption, PA, to catch a glimpse of the woman he’d loved enough to marry. 

 

The irony of the small town’s name is totally eclipsed by Matt’s dread that he’ll discover he’s lost something truly worth remembering. That fear becomes reality when he learns Abby is engaged, and he’s a daddy! Luckily, his wife doesn’t recognize him, so Matt could still walk away from the beautiful stranger who’s been starring in his X-rated dreams. However, he could never, ever abandon his sons.

 

The clock is ticking. Any day, the military will inform Abby he’s alive, and her wedding is in only six weeks. It doesn’t give Matt much time to discover if he can reclaim the love the war stole from him.

 

Read an Excerpt from The Memory of You

 

 

A Little Bit of Déjà Vu

BOOK ONE of the Return to Redemption Series

                                                 

    Sometimes destiny has the last word   (and laugh) 

Fate thrust them together

Blackmail and deception tore them apart

Nineteen years later, their children’s love reunites them

Now, only truth and forgiveness can make them a family

            

Margie Bradford is picking up the pieces of her shattered life following her husband’s death. When her cousin encourages her to make a fresh start with her teenage daughter, unsuspecting Margie takes a reading specialist job in the small town of Redemption, PA. The last person she expects to encounter is Rocket Manion, the ex-NFL quarterback and Dr. Phil wannabe who broke her heart nineteen years ago. Strangling her meddling cousin is now at the top of Margie’s to-do list.

 

Divorced teacher and head football coach Jake Manion experiences an eerie sense of déjà vu when his son announces he’s gotten his girlfriend pregnant. The feeling simply grows stronger when Jake learns the girl’s mother is Maggie, the same woman on whom he’s wasted nearly two decades of bitterness.

 

While planning their kids’ wedding and helping them grow up too soon, Jake attempts to pick up right where he left off—in Margie’s bed. But no matter how irresistible his kisses are, she isn’t stupid enough to let him hurt her again. Or is she?

 

 

Read an Excerpt from A Little Bit of Deja Vu 

 

 

The Great Bedroom War

BOOK TWO of the Return to Redemption Series

 

She’s trying to forget the pleasure in her ex’s arms

He’s doing his damnedest to remind her

 

Fledgling entrepreneur Samantha Riverà is attempting to banish her call-all-the-shots ex-husband  from her dreams, but it’s kind of tough forgetting the Zorro look-alike who’s willing to do anything for her, except give her the only two things she wants—another baby and his love. When their 14-year-old daughter Dani—who’s maintaining a shaky remission from leukemia—rebels, Sam foolishly seeks advice from her Don Juan ex, who, incidentally, could charm the knickers off a nun.     

When corporate vice president Nicolàs Riverà returns to Redemption, PA, to help control his defiant daughter, he discovers he not only has serious competition for Sam’s affection, but Dani has a crush on a boy who is the last kid Nick wants her interested in. The boy is a horn-dog rebel who reminds Nick way to much of his teen-aged self.

 

Sam never understood that to a Latino man familial responsibility is número uno—regardless of whether he was born and raised in America. She also has no concept of how terrified this reformed bad-boy is of losing her to another high-risk pregnancy. The death of their premature son devastated Nick and incited The Great Bedroom War that ultimately destroyed his marriage. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to get his family back—even if it means blackmailing his way back into his ex-wife’s home to become a greater presence in his sick child’s life—and, with any luck, Samantha’s bed and heart. 

 

Read an Excerpt from The Great Bedroom War

 

 

 

The Parent Pact                                          

BOOK THREE of the Return to Redemption Series

 

                   Cinderella and Prince Charming never had

                       to consider the welfare of their children

 

When widower Tyler Fitzpatrick meets Annie Barnes at his daughter’s school, his libido goes tilt. The sexy single mother is everything he and his grieving little girl need. Unfortunately, Annie flatly refuses his dinner invitation. She wants a husband and a father for her son—not just a boyfriend. And the last time she checked, wealthy, summa-cum-laude lawyers didn’t marry high-school-drop-out housekeepers.

 

Tyler concedes there’s a vast difference between their experiences and lifestyles. Still, he’s inexplicably drawn to the impoverished young womaneven though her little boy reminds Tyler of an underprivileged past he’d rather forget. While becoming better acquainted, he offers Annie a job caring for his daughter and home in Redemption, PA. He also proposes a Parent Pactan agreement to become role models to each other’s child and to fill one another’s needs as single parents while they continue to search for true love. 

 

Accepting Tyler’s offer would solve a lot of Annie’s problems. However, surrendering to her weak-in-the-knees attraction to the irresistible widower could very well leave her and her son heartbroken. Yet, when circumstances threaten her ability to feed her child, Annie reluctantly agrees to the pact, making it clear she has no desire for Tyler to fill her so-called needs in bed. It’s a bald-faced lie, but she knows the man’s desperation to give his daughter the nurturing she needs will compel him to accept a purely platonic relationship.

 

 Now, Annie’s only problem is resisting the overwhelming temptation to let sin-in-a-tailored-suit Tyler seduce her.

                      Read an Excerpt from The Parent Pact

 

NO Exchanges, NO Returns                

BOOK FOUR of the Return to Redemption Series

 

                     

There were never such devoted sisters . . .

 

Pediatrician David Lambert and his wife, Brianna, received the ultimate  gift from her fraternal twin. They gratefully accepted it, of course, because everyone knows you can’t return a baby like an itchy sweater. Yet, that’s essentially what Brianna does when she unexpectedly divorces David and runs from their home in Redemption, PA, leaving their surrogate—her sister, Casey—pregnant with his little bundle.

 

When David chose her beautiful twin over her, Casey MacIntyre hid her hurt behind a wall of sarcasm. Now that her sister has left him, it’s increasingly difficult to remember why hunky David is supposed to be off limits—especially since Brianna doesn’t seem to want him or care if Casey and he get involved.

 

David has always liked and admired his selfless ex-sister-in-law—despite that the sassy preschool teacher is always busting his chops. Therefore, after his wife bails on marriage and motherhood, it’s only natural he turns to Casey for sympathy. Unfortunately, the exasperating pixie becomes more irresistible with each day she carries his child. He already mistook lust for love once and jumped way too fast into marriage. He’s not about to botch up his life that way again.

 

Casey wants whatever temporary happiness she can grab. The only problem is, if she lets herself love her baby (or David), what will happen to her when her sister inevitably realizes her mistake and returns to Redemption?

Read an Excerpt from No Exchanges, No Returns

 

A Heart Decision               

BOOK FIVE of the Return to Redemption Series

 

On her wedding night, Sabrina will share the

 bridal suite with one of her brother’s best friends.

Which one?  She has no idea!

 

Sabrina Fitzpatrick helped plan her dream wedding last year—for her brother and his wife. Now,  she  wants her own fairytale ceremony. She’s  tired  of  waiting  for   commitment-phobe, Detective Luke Marino, to realize she’s been crazy about him since puberty. Consequently, when Luke’s billionaire friend asks her to marry him, she’s compelled to accept BJ Elliott’s proposal, especially after he suggests their impending marriage might induce his idiot pal to finally step forward. Unfortunately, a week later, adrenaline-junkie Luke risks his life again and ends up temporarily confined to a wheelchair.

 

BJ would love to give Sabrina an unforgettable wedding night, but he fears she’ll never be happy with him if she doesn’t resolve her feelings for his buddy, first. Therefore, even knowing he could lose her, BJ persuades her to become Luke’s live-in nurse—offering her one last chance to convince the man she loves to take BJ’s place at the altar (which BJ doubts his friend will ever do). If nothing else, he hopes Love’em and Leave’em Luke can convince Sabrina he’ll make a lousy husband.

 

Luke has two secrets not even his best friends know. The first is he aches for Sabrina with every fiber of his being. The second is he loves her enough to spare her the heartbreak that being his wife would undoubtedly entail. Much to Luke’s dismay, his resolve to resist his buddy’s fiancée is tested after Sabrina steps in as his nurse and starts prancing around in nothing but his threadbare T-shirt. If he surrenders to her seduction, it may destroy his relationship with BJ. And, worse still, if he gets a taste of loving Sabrina, how can he ever stand by and let her marry his friend?

Read an Excerpt from A Heart Decision

 

Don't Break My Heart   

BOOK SIX of the Return to Redemption Series

 

Remember Luke and Sabrina from A Heart Decision?

Catch up with old friends at their wedding,

and join the town of Redemption celebrating!

 

Architect Justin Riverá recently lost his best friend and business partner to cancer. Before his widowed buddy died, Justin agreed to become his fifteen-year-old goddaughter’s legal guardian. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know a thing about raising a teenage girl or have the slightest clue how to cheer up Haley, who’s facing her first Christmas without her parents. When his brother’s family (which includes Haley’s best friend), are invited to Luke and Sabrina’s Christmas Eve destination wedding—which involves a three-day vacation at a mountain ski resort—his brother insists they should join them for the holiday. For Haley’s sake, Justin agrees, never suspecting one of the other guests is his first and only love, who, for some mysterious reason, disappeared sixteen years ago, deserting her family and all of her friends—including him.

 

When high school counselor Trisha Mason sees her unforgettable college boyfriend at a wedding, she’s tempted to run the other way. Much to her dismay, he’s hunkier than ever, and his goddaughter is a determined matchmaker. Consequently, when Justin attempts to resume their relationship by seducing Trisha, she can’t resist falling into bed and in love with him all over again. She’s always had a soft spot for troubled teens, and would love to be Justin’s wife and Haley’s stand-in mom. But despite being eager to spend more time with her in and out of bed, Justin still seems as anti-marriage as he was in college. Regrettably, Trisha has no choice but to end their fling after their vacation. Otherwise, she’ll be forced to confess her secret.

 

 

Waiting Forever

 

A VERY short story originally published in the May/June 2009 issue of

New Love Stories Magazine

 This story took tenth place out of over 2,100 entries in the Genre Short Story category in the 

Writer's Digest's 75th Annual Writers Competition

 

 

Only two reasons could make Kathy Sullivan’s usually responsible daughter elope to Vegas with a man Kathy has never met—insanity or pregnancy. Neither possibility is one Kathy cares to consider. Even though things turned out okay for her in the end, the last thing she wants is to see her child repeat her mistakes.

Since her husband’s death only ten months ago—the second time Kathy has lost a man she loved—she feels her life is over. While waiting to meet her daughter and new son-in-law for dinner, she discovers destiny still has a few wonderful surprises in store, and it’s never too late for a second chance at love.

 

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