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The Memory of You
Something Worth Remembering)
PREQUEL to the Return to Redemption
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She can't forget him — He can't remember her
Together they must discover the healing power of
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt from The Memory of You
A Little Bit of Déjà
BOOK ONE of the Return to Redemption
Sometimes destiny has the last word (and
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
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
Baby, I'm Back
Originally The Great Bedroom War
BOOK TWO of the Return to Redemption
trying to forget the pleasure in her ex’s arms
He’s doing his damnedest to remind her
entrepreneur Samantha Riverà is in charge of her own life for the
first time and determined to keep it that way. She’s attempting to
banish her call-all-the-shots ex-husband, who could charm the knickers
off a nun, from her dreams. Unfortunately, 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
Corporate vice president Nicolàs Riverà's refusal to sire a second
child ultimately destroyed his marriage. His ex-wife has no clue how
terrified he is of losing her to another high-risk pregnancy. Now,
Nick will stop at nothing to get his family back—even if it means
blackmailing his way into his ex-wife’s home—and with any luck—her bed
and her heart.
Read an Excerpt from The Great Bedroom War
The Parent Pact
BOOK THREE of the Return to
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
Tyler concedes there’s a vast difference between their experiences and
lifestyles. Still, he’s inexplicably drawn to the impoverished young
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
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
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
Annie’s only problem is resisting the overwhelming temptation to let
sin-in-a-tailored-suit Tyler seduce her.
Read an Excerpt from
NO Exchanges, NO
BOOK FOUR of the Return to
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
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.
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
an Excerpt from No Exchanges, No Returns
A Heart Decision
BOOK FIVE of the Return to
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
Remember Luke and Sabrina from A
Catch up with old friends at
and join the town of Redemption
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
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
Read an Excerpt from
Don't Break My Heart
BOOK SEVEN of the Return to
see a map of Jessie's Property
A RELUCTANT GROOM
Just one kiss
and he knew . . . he’d made a terrible mistake
unwanted left contractor, Mike Danvers, unwilling to risk his heart.
Despite wanting marriage less than an incurable disease, he yearns for
the family he never had. At nearly thirty-eight, he feels time running
out and reluctantly proposes to his uptight girlfriend, Tracy, fearing
he may regret settling. When he meets his fiancée’s much younger
sister, Jessie, he’s enchanted by her exuberance and wishes there
weren’t thirteen years between him and the bubbly pixie.
school graduate, Jessie Perkins, is hesitant to accept Mike’s offer to
turn the old Victorian she’s inherited in Redemption, PA, into a B&B.
The heart-thumping attraction she feels for her sister’s hunky
intended could become a big problem. The last thing she wants is to
provoke Tracy’s perpetual jealousy. Unfortunately, with an extremely
tight budget, she’d be a colossal idiot to turn down Mike’s help and
Within weeks of starting the
renovation, they forge a precious friendship. Mike is bummed when
Tracy suddenly breaks their engagement, but he and Jess are both
confident she’ll change her mind about wanting children. Then, one
night, Jessie’s innate sensuality shatters his resistance. He kisses
her and realizes he made a huge mistake proposing to her sister.
Despite that he would never ask Jessie to give up her youth to become
his wife, there’s no going back with Tracy—especially after his
sizzling, unforgettable night with the girl who taught him to trust a
Jessie couldn’t care less about their age difference. Even so, she
refuses to destroy her relationship with her sister. Somehow, she must
convince Tracy Mike isn’t right for her. Meanwhile, she won’t hesitate
to use all the secrets he shared—about what men want and how to tempt
them—to lure him back into her bed and persuade him to stay there for
Read an Excerpt from Kissing Jessie
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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