All Sarah Darling wants is a vacation to rest and rebuild her life. What she gets is a sexy sun-kissed surfer dude called Skylar Dawn.
The past two years of Sara’s life have been a nightmare of tragedy and loss. With nothing left but memories, she escapes to the first place that calls her name. The Outer Banks of North Carolina.
When she arrives in OBX, she is shocked when she discovers that she is the first and only guest at Skylar's Bed & Breakfast. An establishment run by a local skirt-chasing, rock-and-roll surfer. Despite his good looks and irresistible Southern charm, she can't help feel apprehensive.
Now what? Does Sara demand her money back and leave, or does she take her chances and stick around?
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My stories are heavy on the romance with a healthy dose of steam. My characters range from irritating and quirky to sweet and loveable, sometimes all in one. I write about opposites attract. I bring together contrasting individuals and find common ground between these unlikely pairings.
My main goal is to show that being different is not a bad thing. It’s actually what sets us apart. It’s what people notice, but not what makes up our insides.
Outward appearances, religion, musical tastes, and lifestyle choice should not determine who we befriend or fall in love with. Beneath the surface of those obvious attributes lies the soul. It is at soul level where we connect.
Kindness, generosity, accountability are the aspects which make us who we are. They are the ingredients that define us. I write books that challenge pre-conceived notions and forces readers (with the gentlest of persuasions) to see that different is good.
Beyond all that heavy stuff, I write heartwarmingly comforting love stories featuring sexy Rockstars, Gothstars, and Happily Ever Afters.
Let my stories be the Sweet to Your Salt.
To quote one of my characters….
“No need to fear with your warrior near.”
~ Jesse’s Reign, These Bones Series – Fear Us Not
BIO: Maria Bernard is a Canadian author of New Adult and Contemporary romance fiction, residing in the Greater Toronto Area with her music-obsessed husband and their adopted cat, Rex.
Maria eats, sleeps and dreams with romance in mind. One day the idea to share the many stories and scenarios that swirl in her imagination became a reality. Her stories are heavy on the romance with a healthy dose of steam. Maria’s characters are creative, strong-willed, artistic individuals, unafraid to show their vulnerable sides.
Hand in Glove is her first published full-length novel in the Stick Shift Lips Series. She has since written and published fifteen books and is currently working on a few upcoming projects.
Besides writing, Maria enjoys listening to music and playing guitar with her husband. She also loves drawing, painting, and travelling.
Celebrity chef Kathleen Wilson has returned to Whispering Cove for her high-school reunion. Tired of big city life, she's looking forward to relaxing in the quaint fishing village. The one thing she's not looking forward to is facing the boy from her past. The boy she turned her back on ten years ago. The same boy she has never gotten over.
Firefighter Trent Parker has never given up on reuniting with his Katy. When he hears she's back in town, he figures the quickest way to show her where she really belongs is to launch an all-out, blatant campaign of seduction. An accident with a fire hose leaves her soaked-and ignites a firestorm of need in them both, with only one way to extinguish the flames.
Soon they're burning up the sheets, but when morning comes and the smoke clears, Katy faces a choice she never thought she'd have to make again. To leave for another ten years...or admit that the heat between her and Trent isn't about to burn out.
Warning: A dash of chocolate, a celebrity chef and a sexy firefighter who knows as much about starting a fire as how to put one out.
Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, Alyssa is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way money can’t buy.
Maybe Alyssa recognizes some of the same characteristics in Brody that she sees in her homeless wards. Or maybe she just sees his struggle to surface from the darkness, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.
When secrets are uncovered, Brody has to decide if he’s going to give in to the darkness or accept the light that Alyssa offers him.
On the first day of class, these two polar opposites literally crash into each other. Mesmerized by his overwhelming persona, Becky forms an instant bond with the scary Goth with red streaks in his hair. So much so that when she spies him putting up an ad for a fourth housemate, Becky jumps at the chance to move in, away from her dreary life at the unfriendly dorm. The problem is, well, she's a girl and a mundane one at that.
Caution: Highly Addictive Content
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While you're at it grab Belonging, House of Goths - Book 2
Janie is a fresh out of art college watercolorist, hoping to dive head first into Toronto’s art circuit and make a name for herself. To do that, she moves out of her childhood home in the suburbs to find a place in the city. After a few failed attempts, Janie’s search for a place of her own turns desperate.
Falquen is a moody bass player for the local Goth band, These Bones. Besides being a brilliant musician, he is also an up and coming painter with eccentric tastes. He enjoys living alone in his art studio above an artist’s supply shop, The Crypt.
Needing a little extra cash, he very reluctantly takes out an ad, renting out the spare room in his apartment. Janie's got one last place to check out, which just happens to be Falquen's Nest. Fate brings these two polar opposite personalities together but can they find enough common ground to live with each other, maybe even fall in love?
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About the series...
Joy & Sorrow
Bleed Out Your Heart
These Bones Series ♡ White Knights Dressed in Black
This steamy romantic series follows the adventures of four members of These Bones band. You will meet struggling artist and bass player Falquen Forrester, his fraternal twin the gregarious singer Gray Forrester, the impossibly handsome lead guitar player Darien River, and last but definitely not least the soft-spoken drummer Jesse Rain.
English Literature is Gwen Mathewson’s passion. She lives vicariously through her beloved Victorian novels. She dreams of travelling to England, the source of her obsession and has the whole trip planned on a detailed itinerary kept close at hand. The trouble is, she suffers from extreme anxiety. Gwen wants to chase her dreams but is trapped by her crushing fear of the unknown.
When a handsome man resembling her Victorian literary heroes enters the shop where she works, Gwen feels an instant connection. She can’t keep her heart from racing. He, on the other hand, has eyes only for her itinerary.
Crispin Clover is a tortured singer, desperate to get away from his clingy bandmates. But he doesn’t have a plan. When he discovers Gwen’s detailed itinerary, he makes her an offer she can't refuse. Little does Crispin realize his soul searching getaway is about to get hijacked.
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Belonging is Book 2 in the House of Goths Series.