Sarah St. John, an FBI profiler, finally returns home after fifteen years for her niece’s wedding. But in less than a day, Sarah’s world is shattered when her niece is kidnapped the night before her vows. Sarah can’t shake the feeling her own highly personal reason for leaving Hunter Davis at the altar is now playing out again in this nightmarish scene with her niece.
Sarah has to work with Detective Hunter Davis, her ex-fiancé, to find her niece before the young woman becomes the latest victim of a serial killer. Sarah must relive part of her past in order to ensure there is a future for her niece and herself. Can Sarah and Hunter overcome their painful past and work together before the killer strikes again?
As a firefighter, Joshua Markham is used to taking risks. So when unexplained fires start disrupting the quiet town of Sweetwater, he’s prepared to stop them— whatever it takes. What he isn’t prepared for is Darcy O’Brien, the beautiful woman he finds trying to save horses as her family’s barn smolders. After a recent relationship filled with heartache, Joshua isn’t ready for the protective feelings Darcy and her young son evokes in him. Joshua isn’t willing to take risks when it comes to love. But he is a man of faith. Could it be mere coincidence that he’s pulled this remarkable woman from a burning barn…and into his life?
Originally published in 2004
Firefighter Liam McGregory is used to staring down fivealarm fires—but becoming a father to his two little nieces has him sending out a call for help. When the girls return a lost pup to its beautiful owner, Liam thinks widow Sarah Blackburn is just the person he needs—or who the children need. He's promised to never marry again. ' Sarah takes his deal: she'll watch his kids and he'll watch her menagerie of pets—but the new father is off-limits. But two determined little matchmakers can be hard to resist when they need a mom to make one big happy family…
Widow Rebecca Howard runs a successful store chain that is being targeted during the holiday season. Detective Alex Kincaid, best friends with Rebecca’s twin brother, is investigating the hacking of the store’s computer system. When the attacks become personal, Alex must find the assailant before Rebecca, the woman he’s falling in love with, is murdered.
A baby's frantic cries lead Texas Ranger Drake Jackson to an injured woman in Big Bend Park, the infant by her side. But "Kay" has no idea who she is or what happened. All she seems sure of is that she's in terrible danger. When someone comes after her—determined to snatch the child—Drake takes her and little Kaleb to his family's ranch to protect them. But with the attackers circling closer as Christmas approaches, the guarded ranger knows they won't be safe there for long. Vowing to uncover her identity and catch her attacker, Drake plans to give mother and child the holiday they deserve…safe by his side forever.
As the local high school principal, Peter Stone knows troubled student Sean Williams needs someone to talk to, and Peter wants to help. Then he meets the boy's beautiful mother and he starts yearning to be the one she can rely on.
Laura, a widow caring for her four children and ailing aunt, has no time for romance. She's determined to start over in Cimarron City, and she doesn't need Peter to do it. Yet somehow, despite her protests, Laura finds herself and her brood frequent visitors to Peter's ranch, a refuge for abandoned animals. As Peter tries to show Laura she can still be strong and accept his help, he hopes she'll accept his love…and unite them all as a family.
Rancher Nick McGarrett wants to help orphaned ten-year-old Corey Phillips, the brother of his late comrade. But he's not fit to be a father—not with his troubled past. Thankfully, the child finds a home at the Lone Star Cowboy League Boys Ranch, where Nick volunteers. When wealthy newcomer Darcy Hill discovers she's Corey's cousin, she hopes to eventually take him in. Nick and Darcy couldn't be more opposite—or more drawn to each other. But for Darcy, raising Corey in her hometown means leaving Texas…and Nick. It'll take a special little boy to show these two grown-ups that the key to forging a new future is being together.
On a tragic night, photographer Emma St. James lost not only her vision, but her memory. The police believed she'd witnessed her beloved brother's murder, but her mind refused to remember. She was lost and alone, until a stranger reached out with a touch she couldn't see.
Rev. Colin Fitzpatrick would never forget the moment he saw Emma's lovely face just seconds before she ran out in front of his car. She'd been fleeing something—or someone—but she was his responsibility now. But with the killers desperate to if nd Emma, it would take divine intervention to keep them both alive.
Just when Tory Alexander is ready to abandon her lifelong dream of having a family, she bonds with a special child whose needs outweigh her own. Now Tory will do anything to help the little girl—even if it meant marrying the child’s father! But the quiet agony in Slade Donaldson’s eyes tells Tory his daughter isn’t the only one who needs to be made whole again. And in spite of her own tragedy, Tory feels an inexplicable need to ease some of Slade’s suffering. Can Tory finally have the family she longs for?
Women, Dr. Jacob Hartman knows, are a mystery. Take the first time he meets social worker Hannah Smith at the Stone Refuge home for foster children. The woman stares him down as if he’d come at her with castor oil. Why? His past is full of heavy-duty heartache, but he is positive they’ve never met. As a former foster child himself, Jacob is deeply touched by how much she cares about the kids at the home, how loving she is—to everyone but him. Can he convince Hannah to give him a second chance?
Originally published 2007
Kathleen Somers needs something to believe in again. Rocked by her husband’s death and her once-loving son’s transformation, she’s drifted away from her faith. It’s not until she meets handsome Dr. Jared Matthews that she feels the first glimmer of hope. A burned-out widower, Jared thinks he has nothing but heartache to offer. Still, he can’t desert her when the situation with her son became too much. As he reaches out to Kathleen, Jared finally sees what a relationship can be. But only if Kathleen has the courage to follow her heart....
Originally Published in 2004
Struggling to single-handedly raise a special-needs infant and a son headed for trouble, Rebecca Michaels thinks God had abandoned her. Until police officer Gabriel Stone shows up on her doorstep, offering a firm hand, an understanding heart and an unshakable faith. Witnessing the small miracle this loner is performing in her family, Rebecca wonders if she’s given up on God too soon. And if He doesn’t have some secret plan. One that would enable her to help Gabriel set aside his burning need for revenge. With God’s help, could her healing touch now give them both a second chance at love?
Originally published in 2002
Even the humid weather of Magnolia Blossom can’t melt the tension that flares between Rachel Peters and Michael Hunter. High school sweethearts ten years ago, now they’re face-to-face again, and there are a myriad of unanswered questions. Rachel is only back temporarily, to get to know her younger sister and brother again before she takes them away with her. But raising her siblings isn’t as easy as she thought it would be, and as she watches Michael tenderly caring for his own son, she knows she needs help. So he agrees to teach her—about family, and about the small- town life she’d forgotten. But she learns much more—about how she might just decide to stay and make a family—that includes Michael.
Originally published in 2003
Experience had taught Andrew that he didn't need anyone in his life. Until Sadie began to show him that he could make a difference in her students' lives—and in hers. But though the walls he'd built around his heart were slowly crumbling, would he ever find the courage to make peace with his past so that he could be not only Sadie's prize…but her husband?
He came to Sweetwater to repay a debt. Chance Taylor didn’t expect to have feelings for his new landlady, Tanya Bolton. He can see newly widowed Tanya works hard to put the pieces of her world back together, caring for her wheelchair-bound daughter and taking a job at the local bank.Chance’s arrival interrupts Tanya’s routine...and brings unexpected happiness to her life. But the secret obligation he struggles with means Chance could lose Tanya—and his chance for a fresh start—forever
Originally published in 2006
Teaming up with an old flame is not what bodyguard Chloe Howard would call a smart move. Nine years ago Chloe and T. J. Davenport worked on a case together, fell in love, then went their separate ways. Now she's reunited with the fearless bodyguard to protect a controversial couple on a book tour through Texas. And the reunion reminds Chloe of dreams best forgotten. She knows she has to keep her emotions in check so their clients' protection remains their top priority. Protection that is the only thing keeping them from falling prey to a stalker's deadly schemes.
When her DEA agent husband’s plane went down, Zoey Witherspoon thought her life was over. But with two kids to care for, and another on the way, she moved back home to Sweetwater to be closer to friends and family. Two years later, her world is turned upside down: her husband is alive! Amnesia-stricken Dane isn’t exactly the same person he’d been, but neither is Zoey. She refuses to return to the fractured marriage they’d shared, yet moving forward is a scary prospect. Will a second chance at happiness make all her dreams come true?
Originally published in 2006
THE COWBOY’S TEXAS FAMILY
Lone Star Cowboy League: Boys Ranch
Rancher Nick McGarrett never wanted a wife and kids—he’s content volunteering with the troubled youths at the Triple C Ranch. That is, until Darcy Hill arrives and takes a special interest in an orphaned boy. Can he overcome his reservations to create a future with them?
HER GUARDIAN RANCHER
Cowboy Daron McKay promised his dying friend to watch over his wife and his child—but he never imagined he’d fall for the beautiful Emma Shaw. As they work to get daughter Jamie through a difficult surgery, can he convince Emma to accept love a second time around?
SECOND CHANCE FATHER
Finding out that Jack Simon is the key to breaking through little Cody’s barriers, social worker Elise Ramsey refuses to let the reclusive widower hide from the world. Still healing from the loss of his family, can Jack embrace Elise and Cody as his second chance at happily-ever-after?
Someone’s after wealthy Texan Slade Caulder’s daughter. Desperate to keep her safe while he determines the motive, the widowed father hires a bodyguard for Abbey. A female bodyguard, with the training to protect the girl—and an understanding of a willful teenager who keeps trying to outsmart her. Elizabeth Walker is the perfect combination of caring and toughness for her job. But as the holidays approach, the stalker’s threats escalate. And Slade finds himself willing to risk everything to keep his Christmas bodyguard by his side…forever.
Originally published in 2010
After raising her three siblings, high school teacher Beth Coleman is finally, at thirty-eight, responsible for herself alone. With her nurturing nature, she loved caring for her family, but now she can travel, see the world. Her only decision? Where to go. Yet as Beth ponders South America as her first stop, a troubled teen walks into her classroom, and with her, a single dad—a handsome, kind, caring man to boot. Though Beth tries to deny it, Samuel Morgan and his ready-made family begin to win her heart. South America awaits, but so does Samuel...and the new family she wonders if she’s willing to risk losing.
Originally published in 2005
The holidays are right around the corner, but Captain Jake Tanner is struggling to find Christmas cheer. Having survived a devastating attack overseas, he has emotional scars that run deep. When Jake meets beautiful widow Emma Langford, his heart is unprepared for the feelings she inspires.
Training service dogs has taught Emma to recognize those in need. She wants to show Jake that a four-legged companion is the best therapy, but she's afraid that the closer she gets, the more her own wounds are revealed.
Together, Jake and Emma will discover it takes a different kind of bravery to open themselves to love—and to healing.
Caring Canines: Loving and loyal, these dogs mend hearts.
Young widow Jesse Bradshaw is content to be a loving mother to her son, a devoted granddaughter, a doll maker and the keeper of a gaggle of pets. She can’t imagine having anything more in her already crowded life—until jaded Nick Blackburn and his daughter move in next door. Cindy needs a mother’s love, something the wealthy businessman can’t provide for his precious child. Jesse tries to use her matchmaking skills to find a suitable wife for the workaholic widower, but what can she do when she realizes she is Nick’s perfect match?
Originally published in 2005
Lydia McKenzie is the only living witness to a serial bomber's latest threat. Surviving the explosion at the café, Lydia is rescued by police sergeant Jesse Hunt and his K-9 partner, a Rottweiler named Brutus. She's struggling to remember details of the incident. But one thing she'll never forget is how she once felt about Jesse—the high school sweetheart she left to marry another. In charge of her protection, the guarded cop believes the bomber's after her, and he promises to keep her safe. But as more of Lydia's memories return, the more the vicious killer wants her dead.
Alaskan Search and Rescue: Risking their lives to save the day
In a split second, a tragic accident ends Kathleen Somers's ballet career. Her dreams shattered, she returns home to the Soaring S ranch…and her first love. Suddenly the local veterinarian, Dr. Nate Sterling, goes from her ex to her champion. With the help of a lively poodle therapy dog, the cowboy vet sets out to challenge Kathleen's strength and heal her heart. He'll show her there's life beyond dance, even if it means she leaves town again. But maybe, just maybe, he'll convince her there's only one thing in life worth having…and he's standing right in front of her.
Caring Canines: Loving and loyal, these dogs mend hearts.
Dr. Max Connors had no idea he'd fathered a child thirteen years ago. Or that his baby girl had been given up for adoption. He locates his daughter in a small Oklahoma town and moves there, hoping to become a part of her life. But when he meets her widowed mother, Max is unsure how to reveal his identity. As he helps Rachel Howard with her plans to homeschool the girl, he's welcomed into the family. But with the holidays approaching, Max must tell Rachel who he really is. Can he make his dreams of family come true by Christmas?
After surviving a tragic accident, little Madison Winters is in desperate need of comfort. And social worker Abbey Harris has the perfect solution. With the help of her cherished therapy dogs, Gabe and Cottonball, Abbey soon coaxes a smile from Madi—and her workaholic guardian. Dominic Winters is heartbreakingly handsome and is hurting just as much as Madi. But it might take more than wagging tails to get the brooding businessman to open his heart. With the help of a matchmaking little girl and two sweet dogs, Abbey and Dominic may get a second chance at love.
Caring Canines: Loving and loyal, these dogs mend hearts.
A saboteur targets Alexia Richards and her family company. As the incidents become more lethal, Alexia must depend on a former Delta Force soldier, Cole Knight, a man from her past that she loved. When their son died in a fire, their grief and anger drove them apart. Can Alexia and Cole work through their pain and join forces to find the person who wants her dead?
Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective: protect her client…without letting her know. Pretending to be Rachel "Winnie" Winfield's assistant lets Ellie stay close, but there's an unexpected complication—Colt Winfield. Winnie's grandson wasn't in on the plans, and the suspicious marine biologist isn't easy to fool. When the truth comes out, so do more threats to Winnie's life. Trapped on a Colorado mountain, Ellie and Colt must trust each other to guard Winnie and find the stalker. Before this Christmas becomes their last.
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Tory Caldwell witnesses a hit-and-run, but when the dead victim disappears from the scene, police doubt a crime has been committed. Tory is threatened when she keeps insisting she saw a man killed and the only one who believes her is her neighbor, Jordan Steele. Together, can they solve the mystery of the disappearing body and stay alive?
Maggie Ridgeway has spent years searching for her birth mother. And now, thanks to an anonymous tip, she's finally found her. Taking the apartment across the hall from her mother's family, Maggie is determined not to leave until she gets some questions answered. Who is her father? Why did her parents abandon her? And what item in her new apartment is provoking multiple burglaries? After an interrupted break-in leaves Maggie unconscious, the building's owner, Kane McDowell, promises to protect her. But then he learns who she really is. When the past is unveiled, the shocking disclosures could tear Maggie and Kane apart.
High school principal Peter Stone knows troubled student Sean Williams needs his expert assistance. And as a Christian, Peter knows God is leading him to help. Yet it’s the boy’s mother who captures Peter’s notice. Laura, a widow caring for her four children and ailing aunt, has no time for romance or religion. Somehow, despite her protests, Laura finds herself and her brood frequent visitors to Peter’s ranch and the church he attends. Soon it seems her family is meant to complete Peter’s life.
Originally published in 2007
Tall, dark and mysterious, A. C. Slader had a past that was as turbulent as the Amazon River. Yet he was the only one who could guide her on a journey from which many never returned. A journey that would stretch the limits of their faith in God and each other….
When district attorney Tory Carson returns home after a long day in court prosecuting a gang leader, she finds her house trashed. Concerned that the vandalism is connected to the trial, the local police chief calls the Texas Rangers…and her former love Cade Morgan responds. Tory's history with Cade—and the secret they share—makes her reluctant to let him back into her life. But Tory doesn't want to choose between bringing down a gang leader and protecting her teenage daughter. With the threat escalating the longer she tries the case, the safest place for Tory and her daughter is at Cade's ranch. But can Cade protect them long enough for Tory to bring the criminal to justice?
Christmas bells ring with danger in these suspenseful holiday stories
Merry Mayhem by Margaret Daley
When single mom Annie Coleman unexpectedly arrives in Christmas, Oklahoma, police chief Caleb Jackson suspects she's hiding secrets. He'll be watching her closely. And his protection is just what Annie and her daughter need, as danger has followed them to their new home.
Yule Die by Debby Giusti
It's hardly a happy holiday for medical researcher Callie Evans…until she discovers her ailing patient is her long-lost brother. And he's being watched by undercover police officer Joe Petrecelli. When the trio is abducted by a cadre of bad guys, Joe and Callie will have to fight to keep her brother—and themselves—alive.
"I'll arrest you."
So threatens the tribal chief of police if Kit Sinclair dares enter Desolation Canyon alone. Hawke Lonechief insists it's too dangerous. He lost his wife to the treacherous canyon. He knows the ancient ruins Kit seeks aren't worth her life. But Kit is sure all that hiking and searching will help put her traumatic past behind her. When she risks Hawke's wrath by going alone, he finally agrees to lead her. On his terms. Impossible. Because someone else is following their every move. Watching them grow closer to danger with every step…
Being a bodyguard is Kyra Morgan’s business. Even though she’s on vacation, she can’t refuse a request from childhood friend and neighbor Michael Hunt. Michael’s sister Amy ran away after witnessing a murder. Michael needs Kyra’s help to find her and keep her safe. Yet as Kyra and Michael follow the trail along the Florida coast, their search grows more dangerous by the day. Terrorists are at work, and the stakes are perilously high. It will take everything they have—including trust they’re both reluctant to give—to escape the Everglades alive…
Originally published in 2011
Book 3 in Guardians, Inc.
As the mother of a beautiful daughter and the wife of a wealthy entrepreneur, Melora Hudson seemed happy. No one knew about the secrets hidden behind closed doors—secrets Melora was forced to keep. Now, two years after her husband’s disappearance, the truth may be exposed. His body has been found, and everyone has questions. Texas Ranger Daniel Boone Riley comes to find answers, and stays to protect the woman and child who win his heart. But the terror of Melora’s past isn’t over. Her late husband’s old “associates” want her to carry his secrets to her grave.
Originally published in 2011
Running out of time…
After two months of protective custody, bodyguard Arianna Jackson is days away from testifying at a murder trial when the unthinkable happens. Her Alaska safe house is attacked, and Arianna is forced to go on the run with U.S. Marshal Brody Callahan. Arianna is used to issuing orders, not taking them, but now, out in the wild, with a bounty on her head and a killer on her heels, she has only one hope of making it to testify—the handsome protector at her side.
Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley
As an unknown assailant attempts to kidnap family-court judge Kate Forster's infant son, police officer Chase Walker thwarts the attack—and vows to keep the pair safe. But who will protect the ex-marine's heart when the widowed mother and her little boy make him long for a permanent spot in their family?
Saved by the SEAL by Susan Sleeman
The tragedy that killed Bree Hatfield's best friends—and left her with custody of their young daughter—has been ruled an accident. But Bree knows it was murder. Scared and alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, navy SEAL Clint Reed, who'll risk everything to protect baby Ella and the woman he never stopped loving.
She was taunted by a killer.
Margaret Daley’s thrilling Lone Star Justice series continues, this time pitting radio therapist Dr. Caitlyn Rhodes against a methodical murderer. First, her patients are found dead, then the mocking phone calls start. The evidence is pointing Texas Ranger Ian Pierce to one conclusion: he must protect Caitlyn from becoming this vicious killer’s next victim…before he loses the woman he once loved—for good.
Margaret Daley delivers memorable stories of love and loyalty.
Gold in the Fire
On the job firefighter Joshua Markham has no problem taking risks, leaving his fate in God's hands. But opening his heart to young widow Darcy O'Brien requires a far greater leap of faith.
Light in the Storm
After years of putting herself last, Beth Coleman is finally ready to fulfill her long-cherished dream of seeing the world. Then the unexpected arrival of Samuel Morgan and his three children makes her question which path she is truly meant to travel.
A frozen turkey dinner is just fine for former soldier and widower Evan Paterson. But his five-year-old daughter deserves better. So when she invites her best friend and her single mother to the Double P ranch for the holiday meal, Evan agrees. But not to a fix-up. Social worker Julia Saunders knows as much about heartache as he does, but Evan isn't ready to love again. Until a duo of pint-sized matchmakers show two stubborn grown-ups what being thankful truly means.
Annie Knight has her work cut out for her as the McGregor family's newest nanny. Dr. Ian McGregor means well, but the distracted single dad's lost touch with his four kids. The new nanny brings much-needed calm to the chaos, including finding a service dog that could be a real lifesaver. And soon the good doctor's making Annie's heart respond in ways it hasn't for years. But Annie's cheery demeanor hides a heart-wrenching secret that's as much a part of her as her carefully hidden scars. Annie doesn't think she deserves happiness—but Ian and his kids will show the caretaker that with the love of family, everything's possible.