In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow's answer to this year's quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she's rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.
In "It Came Upon a Midnight Deer," Reese's guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian's family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws' family cabin ablaze, she's pretty sure there won't be even ONE golden ring in her future.
Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.
With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.
When she dresses a reluctant Danny in Valentino for undercover work at a formal affair, it’s him rather than her store that captures Hollywood’s notice. Danny, snapped by photogs, lands as the unlikely cover model on the front of L.A. Magazine. So much for inconspicuous. Will his popularity thwart her efforts to grow her business? Or worse, can Jessie afford to put her faith—and heart—into another relationship when she’s so obviously handicapped in the good judgment department?
After her young son, Levi, wanders off alone on the range, widowed Maria imagines the worst. . .and is grateful beyond words when Tanner Young finds the boy and brings him safely home. But although she is thankful for Tanner’s good deed, she’s not sure she can trust his offer to help rebuild her failing ranch. Only an outlaw would work so willingly for so little.
Tanner Young, grizzled hand for a large cattle ranch, dreams of one day owning his own heard and settling down on his own spread. But the cost of earning his dream is high, especially when he’s hired by Walter Price to scout out a nearby ranch. Despite reservations, Tanner accepts. . .then he meets the lovely ranch owner and her son and realizes his task will be even harder than he thought.
When the unthinkable occurs, can Maria and Tanner overcome their fears to realize God will never fail them?
battle the forces of nature alongside those in the Mountain who are calling for her blood. Haunted by the pain of mounting losses, she forges on, seeking her lost family and
uncovering new mysteries. But the ultimate betrayal of her own body may soon make her quest impossible as it becomes apparent that what has made her new could also drive her to a life of madness.
Bonnie Calhoun whisks readers back into an otherworldly struggle as Selah continues her quest for answers--and freedom.
When Brooke O'Toole's sister and brother-in-law die in a tragic accident, her only priority is the emotional well-being of her one-year-old nephew, Connor. Unfortunately, that means making nice with the man she holds responsible for her mother's murder: Hunter Stone.
Allowing Hunter into her life is the opposite of easy. Brooke's never understood why her sister forgave him—and worse, became his neighbor and friend. But even she can't deny the bond between the man and child, or how much she's come to rely on both of them. Despite her instinct to fight this ex-cop who's challenging her right to custody, Brooke suspects the best thing for Connor is a life with both of them in it.
Loree Lough shares stories of love, faith and healing.
An Accidental Hero
Struggling actress Cammi Carlisle is leading a life of bad luck. When fate throws her and Reid Alexander together, though, things start to look up. Still, Reid harbors a terrible secret that the pregnant Cammi may not be able to forgive….
An Accidental Mom
Any glimpse of Max Sheridan, her long-lost love, has always made Lily London sparkle. Then Max, now a widower, returns to Amarillo with his young son. Max doesn't think the girl he left behind can handle a ready-made family—it's up to Lily to prove him wrong.
Why would a former football star like Logan Murray pay attention to her? Bianca Wright was a far cry from the beautiful women she'd seen him with in the tabloids. He was just being kind. Or even worse—felt sorry for her. He knew she was a widow with an autistic son. That had to be too much baggage for any man, and Bianca wouldn't accept anything but the best for her child. But if Logan could use his connections to match her son Drew with a therapy dog, she'd swallow her pride and accept his help.
And yet, after fifteen minutes with Drew, Logan seemed to "get it" better than Drew's own father ever did. Had Bianca misjudged him? Maybe he had hidden depths. She would've liked to find out, but that was a risk she just wouldn't take…not when her precious boy was involved.
Though there's sizzling chemistry between them, Reid knows a relationship would never work. Unbeknownst to Cammi, Reid was the one driving the pickup that killed her mother years ago. Even though it was a tragic accident with no one at fault, how will she ever forgive him when he can't even forgive himself?
Enjoy 17 excerpts of outstanding fiction by authors Christa Allan (All They Want for Christmas), Judith Arnold (Changes), Marilyn Brant (The Road to You), Sylvie Fox (The Good Enough Husband), Jenny Gardiner (Something in the Heir), Maria Geraci (That Thing You Do), Tonya Kappes (Checkered Crime), Leslie Langtry (Merit Badge Murder), Leslie Lehr (Wife Goes On), Maggie Marr (One Night for Love), Ellen Meister (Dorothy Parker Drank Here), Ellyn Oaksmith (50 Acts of Kindness), Jess Riley (Mandatory Release), Saralee Rosenberg (Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead), Sara Rosett (Elusive), Wendy Tokunaga (His Wife and Daughters), and L.J. Wilson (Ruby Ink).
Also included in this book as a *special bonus* are 34 of the GBC's most popular blog posts on the subject of writing craft and the writing life, which you won't want to miss. So pick up this sampler, sit back, and get drawn into a wonderful world of unputdownable essays & stories!
Selah's real problem, however, lies deep within. Ever since her first interaction with a Lander, she has been changing, and the changes go far beyond the mark just below her collarbone. As a novarium, she is destined to be the key to solving a 150-year-old mystery--making her Public Enemy Number One not just to the Company but to other Landers.
There is nothing better than cozying up to the fireplace with a good book in hand, a warm drink in your mug, and the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree in the background. Find the perfect Christmas book in this beautiful sampler of holiday novels from Abingdon Press. Enjoy FREE chapters from six titles from popular and bestselling authors Barbara Cameron, Vannetta Chapman, Myra Johnson, and Jennifer AlLee. Like what you read? The full copy of each of these books is just a click away.
This sampler features chapters from...
Annie’s Christmas Wish
The Christmas Quilt
The Christmas Star
Wild Goose-Chase Christmas
A Simple Amish Christmas
One ImPerfect Christmas
Nate Marshall used to be a yes-man…until being so agreeable cost him dearly. But Eden Quinn has a way of getting him to reconsider his "just say no" policy. Which is how a bunch of troubled teens end up at his ranch for the weekend. The boys in Eden's care are a handful, and Nate can't help but be attracted to the feisty, independent woman who keeps them in line. This cowboy knows Eden's no damsel in distress, yet it's clear hers isn't a one-woman job. If she's determined to do everything on her own, how can he help her…let alone get her to fall for him?
Army major Billy Colton falls for a beautiful--and uninvited--guest. But before he can convince her that he's a settle-down kind of guy, he must save her from masked intruders!
SWAT team leader Kurt Hoffman is fatefully reunited with his ex-wife during the hostage crisis inside the Colton mansion. Will they learn to forgive and let their explosive attraction fully ignite?
Multimillionaire Ian Rafferty saves the life of maid of honor Juliet Cosgrove but is later wounded. When his fierce pride takes a tumble, Juliet decides to show him that he's her man, in every way.
That's the question stirring Texan widower Lamont London's heart. His longtime neighbor Nadine Greene still turns heads—especially his. But after enduring an abusive marriage, Nadine's gun-shy when it comes to relationships. And Lamont has some unresolved feelings to overcome about his late wife. It isn't until Nadine's ranch house burns to the ground and Lamont offers refuge to her and her son's family in his empty mansion that she opens her heart. Can they find a sweet second chance at love, and make two families into one?
Stories of the blessings of parenthood from Loree Lough
Ciara Dorsey's unsteady marriage to Mitch Mahoney is challenged by the FBI agent's seven-month assignment—especially when he gets the homecoming surprise of a lifetime. He's going to be a father! Can they mend their marriage for the baby's sake…and their own?
The precious baby in her care is a dream come true for Jaina Chandelle—but little Liam isn't hers to keep. She must unite orphaned Liam with his uncle, attorney Connor Buchanan. Both the baby and Connor need Jaina, if she's ready to accept that she's found the family she's always wanted.
Plain Jane Wendy Wilcox vows to get married before her thirtieth birthday.
She's only months away from her deadline, and there's not a single suitable guy in sight!
Beg hunky neighbor Travis Donovan to give her some guy-grabbing advice. Then, after transforming herself from ugly duckling to swan, do whatever is necessary to get the sexy bachelor daddy to propose!
DADDY KNOWS LAST: Five connected novels about love, marriage and Daddy's unexpected need for a baby carriage!
FINALLY A BRIDE
Teacher Dara Mackenzie loved kids with all her heart. Trouble was, she seemed destined to remain forever single, forever childless. Until two solemn, motherless tykes in her Sunday school class caught her eye, captured her heart—and dragged her home to meet Daddy!
Miraculously, blue-eyed widower Noah Lucas was the kind of man Dara had waited a long, lonely lifetime for. And the harried dad clearly wanted a woman around the house. So, before she knew it, Dara was a bride! But Dara knew that it took more to make a family. Now it was up to Noah to open his heart to Dara's love.
Celebrate the joys of parenthood in this series full of unexpected special deliveries!
Drew Cunningham had always been a man of strong faith. When he married Gabrielle, he knew he would love her forever—and she him.
Now Drew's faith was being challenged. After less than a year of marriage, his beloved Gabrielle had left him, and he felt powerless to change things.
AS LONG AS THEY BOTH SHALL LIVE?
Who could have predicted the fateful accident that would wash away Gabrielle's memory? Suddenly Gabrielle believed they were still married, and Drew vowed not to waste this precious second chance. He would find the strenght to become the man his wife needed…and win back the woman who held his heart.
Body and faith bruised, Lieutenant Alex Van Buren had one wish—to make it through another day. Then sprightly Taylor Griffith came into his life…and he began to wonder if it was time to face his future.
Taylor had never known a man like Alex. The moment they met, she felt a connection. But the man stubbornly refused to let faith…or love…into his life. And if he didn't, how could she show him that with love and grace anything was possible?
This Harlequin Heartwarming box set includes:
OUT OF THE ASHES
The Georgia Monroes • by Cynthia Reese
Kari Hendrix needs a good man like Rob Monroe in her corner, but the arson investigator is torn when he discovers she’s keeping dangerous secrets about her past…and his.
OWEN’S BEST INTENTIONS
Smoky Mountains, Tennessee • by Anna Adams
Now that Owen’s found Lilah Bantry again—and the son he never knew he’d fathered—he’s not going to let her go without a fight. But he’s got a lot to make up for, and he’s got to prove he’s not the man he once was.
#109 HARPER’S WISH
A Findlay Roads Story • by Cerella Sechrist
Harper Worth’s scathing review destroyed Connor Callahan’s first restaurant. Now she’s desperate for a job, and he’s her last hope. But can he trust the woman who nearly ruined him?
SWEET MOUNTAIN RANCHER
Those Marshall Boys • by Loree Lough
After an accident ends his baseball career, Nate Marshall returns home to Colorado and throws himself into ranch chores. But when headstrong psychologist Eden Quinn visits the ranch with a gaggle of at-risk boys, Nate sees that life might prove more challenging—and joyful—than he ever imagined.
Look for four new tender stories every month from Harlequin Heartwarming!
Summer Lane is no damsel in distress. For the past two years, she's been battling her way back from her worst nightmare all by herself. So she doesn't need the fabulous former Marine Zach Marshall swooping in to save her.
But she needn't worry. Zach has hung up his shining armor. His instinct to rescue has only brought him heartache, and he's not about to risk it all again—even though everything about Summer makes him yearn to help. But she just might accept his challenge to step up and conquer her fears on her own. Even her deepest fears, like trust…and love.
...until Kasey Delaney bounded into his world, bubbling with life and overflowing with enthusiasm for God's love.
Months into their whirlwind courtship, Adam still hadn't revealed his shameful secret. But could he bear the loneliness if Kasey couldn't set aside her pain and anger and see him for the man he had become, rather than the boy he had been? Or would God, in His infinite wisdom, give Adam the strength to unburden his heart and rejoice in the healing power of love?
Dr. Wade Cameron was a man of science-it came with the territory. He knew there was nothing between him and Patrice McKenzie short of chemistry. Never mind that the petite auburn-haired beauty had a smile that would put the sun's glow to shame, and a heart big enough to match.
But as a man of science he also knew that family history counted...and his clan's sordid past left too much to chance. The twice-voted "Bachelor of the Year" was determined to continue his no-commitment policy...until Patrice began making this nonbeliever think that maybe he'd taken a wrong turn. Maybe there was something permanent in God's plan for him?
Ryan Laxalt is back in his hometown of Buffalo. Back doing the work he once resented to survive. But although much is the same, he recognizes few faces and is glad few recognize him. He knows he can’t lie low in a small town forever—hopefully just long enough to uncover the truth about his father’s murder. . .and before an auburn beauty wrangles his heart.
Olivia Sattler is anxious to return to the Rocking S ranch. Years spent East have left her pining for home—the home she remembers when her mother was alive and filling her and her father’s lives with warmth. Yet the years have also stirred up change. . . . And then there’s Mr. Laxalt. Handsome, yes, but with enough brusqueness to fill Wyoming territory.
When unearthed secrets shed disturbing light on Olivia’s cattle baron father, will the truth keep Olivia and Ryan apart for good?
But it is her waking nightmare that frightens her most.
The tsunami during the Time of Sorrows came with a ferocious silence. The seas pulled back from the shore, gathered their strength and their fury, and attacked without warning on a bright, clear day.
To Selah Rishon Chavez, the troubling dreams she has of this event cannot take her mind off her own dismal reality. As her eighteenth Birth Remembrance approaches, she's just weeks away from an arranged marriage to a young man she doesn't even know. To top it off, she's been barred from moving about the settlement unescorted, her father and brothers meet her questions with indifferent silence or outright lies, and her mother is powerless to intervene.
Tremors invites you to experience the time leading up to Thunder--as one girl prepares to take her future into her own hands.
When a celebrity stylist with her own reality show makes Adornments a hot spot, Jessie’s hard work is finally paying off. But amid award shows and photo shoots, Jessie’s beloved grandfather is diagnosed with cancer and she’s nudged back to the Louisiana roots she worked so hard to escape. Now, in her quest to find the success, true love, and faith that has always eluded her, will God really lead her right back home?