What Are Friends For?

Seasons in a Small Town

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Seasons in a Small Town – Spring

In rural Drago, Illinois, Zeke came by his “the Geek” nickname honest, more comfortable in the world of algebra and algorithms than high school’s social hallways. Though that didn’t keep him from longing for the unattainable prom queen, Jennifer.

The one person who did understand his out-of-the-box brain was Darcie, his best friend. After their high school graduation, Zeke and Darcie for one night jolted from friends to lovers. And then he left town, and she knew he couldn’t look back. What he didn’t know was the depth of Darcie’s feelings for him.

Now it’s 17 years later, and Zeke’s a self-made billionaire founder of a tech security firm, Darcie’s a local cop and Jennifer’s a divorced mom of a tween girl. And their little town is flagging.

At Darcie’s urging, Zeke returns to Drago to boost its economy. Will his new wealth attract the still-beautiful Jennifer? Or will Darcie, the one girl who always made him feel at ease, show him that true love knows no boundaries?

* * * * * * * *

What Are Friends For?, Book 1 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Roxanne St. Clair and Jill Shalvis.

“You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two … and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because - unlike teenage Zeke - you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back.” – 5-Star Review


Praise for the Seasons in a Small Town series:

“The town of Drago has insinuated itself into my heart and I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting.”

“Strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real” yet “The other characters in Drago all add to the story rather than taking attention from the main action.”

“McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance.”

“Poignant, heart warming”  . . .  “Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time” . . . “Passionate and sensual without being distasteful or vulgar.”


Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Seasons in a Small Town series now!

Book 1 (Spring): What Are Friends For?

Book 2 (Summer): The Right Brother

Book 3 (Autumn): Falling for Her, new edition in April

Book 4 (Winter): Warm Front, new in May

If you like Patricia’s small-town romance stories, try her Marry Me series today!

Book 1: Wedding of the Century

Book 2: The Unexpected Wedding Guest

Book 3: A Most Unlikely Wedding

Book 4: Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

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More by Patricia McLinn

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Book 4
“Are you sure, baby?”

The father of the bride-to-be noted the concern and confusion on his daughter’s face. Just before her walk down the aisle, Judi Monroe overheard a conversation that indicated marrying Sterling Carroll might be a big mistake. Escaping her socialite wedding in Lake Forest, Illinois, she headed west, covering her tracks as she went. In an isolated corner of Wyoming, she swerved her car to avoid hitting a horse and rider on the road, crashing into a tree. She’s rescued by that lone rider – or Ranger, as she fleetingly recalls -- a rugged rancher named Thomas Vance.

Needing some time to puzzle out her predicament, Judi lands in the arms of a doubting Thomas, a man with a strong jaw, deep-green eyes and a commanding presence. When Judi dodges his personal questions, Thomas’ teenage half-sister Becky suggests amnesia as an explanation.  Judi seizes on this foot in the Diamond V door, and stays on as a caretaker for Thomas’ beloved grandmother. Judi finds a family on the Diamond V, even as her "Helga" masquerade slowly unravels. But as she falls hard for her horse whisperer, she fears her secret will only cause him to bolt from her life.

As for Thomas, he knows this impostor is lying, and it wouldn’t be the first time an outsider betrayed his family.  Yet he can’t help but trust this sexy, independent, smart woman who has lassoed his heart. 

Reader Reviews

 “Loyal readers know what to expect from a Patricia McLinn book--a strong, emotional story, a solid plot, and characters so real you miss them when the story ends. ‘The Runaway Bride’ is no exception.”  -- 5-star Amazon review

McLinn “creates a fresh approach to the classic amnesia tale, giving ‘Runaway Bride’ an appealing twist. ... [This] remarkable cast of characters will linger in the reader's memory long after the last page is turned. Very highly recommended.” – 5-star Amazon review

“A fun quick read that's filled with tenderness and passion. … The hero Thomas Vance is sexy and heroic and Judi is lovely.” – Goodreads review

“A fantastic, fun read with memorable characters you'll fall in love with!” – 5-star Amazon review

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!

Prelude to a Wedding*
Wedding Party*
Grady’s Wedding*
The Runaway Bride
The Christmas Princess
     -- Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess)
The Surprise Princess
     -- Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince)
The Forgotten Prince
*Get all three books at a discount in one volume in The Wedding Series boxed set.

Revisit some of The Runaway Bride characters in Patricia's A Cowboy Wedding, Book 7 of her Wyoming Wildflowers western romance series. 

Book 5
~~~   Wildflowers have to be strong and resilient to bloom amid the rugged beauty of Wyoming – and so do the women.  ~~~ 

Valerie Trimarco is very pregnant, very lost, very alone, and very stuck in a Wyoming snow storm. Her car is jammed in a Wyoming ditch, with contractions coming faster and harder … when her white knight in a cowboy hat arrives. Ranch foreman Jack Ralston’s job is to handle anything that needs handling with cool, quiet competence, including a baby who’s decided to enter the world right now.

A few years later, Valerie returns to the Slash-C Ranch of Knighton, Wyoming. Now a successful mommy blogger, she wants to thank the man who rescued her and delivered her beloved daughter. Okay, maybe she’s wondered about him a time or two over the years. How could she not? So she conspires with his employers and friends to spring a surprise party on him for a proper thank you.

Yes, Jack can handle anything. Except a surprise party. And this open, energetic, talkative woman and her short-stuff kid who gets under his guard. Because they demand the one thing from him that he can’t handle – love.

Jack’s Heart brings emotional impact to this romantic comedy addition to the contemporary western romance collection Wyoming Wildflowers from award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn.

~~~

Get all the blooms in the Wyoming Wildflowers Series!

Prequel – Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry)

*Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush) 

*Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed) 

*My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold) 

-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)

Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)

-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)

Where Love Lives: The Inheritance (Threadleaf Phacelia)

A Cowboy Wedding, coming in 2017

* Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1)

Buy the entire Wyoming Wildflowers collection (Books 1-6, plus prequels) for one great price .... Wyoming Wildflowers: The Collection 

~~~

 Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s Wyoming Wildflowers stories:

 “Each one was totally different, characters were unique and totally believable!! Enjoy!!!

 “Amazing and touching story.”

 "If you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride."

 "Smart, stubborn and irresistible."

 “… So enjoyable I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.”

 “Excellent book! I read it straight in one whole day. Recommend it to anyone!” 

 “Delightful!”

 ”Nothing short of heart consuming and thrilling. I've loved every one and feel like I know the people personally. I can't wait for the next installment.”

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Book 2
Seasons in a Small Town – Summer

“A great read. The town of Drago has insinuated itself into my heart.” -- Vine Voice

Pretty, popular Jennifer was prom queen in small-town Drago, Illinois, the girl who had it made. That is, until her no-good ex-husband left her with a child to raise and a household deep in debt. And the family seemed somehow to blame the breakup on her. But Jennifer steeled herself to the challenge and vowed to show them all, especially her vulnerable young daughter. Who knew that a dusty old car dealership might turn out to be her saving grace.

That and Trent Stenner, her ex’s brother and a former NFL football star turned successful executive. He, too, sees value in the car lot that once had been a thriving family business. Jennifer’s goal is to sell the dealership, but Trent has another strategy. He can see the whipsmart Jennifer at the helm of the town’s vital enterprise, but he knows she’ll resist any move seen as charity. And he admires that same independent streak he sees in her athletic daughter.

Can Trent and Jennifer save the family business without losing their wallets – and hearts?

* * * * * * * *

The Right Brother, Book 2 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Roxanne St. Clair and Jill Shalvis.


Praise for the Seasons in a Small Town series:

“You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two, and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because -- unlike teenage Zeke -- you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back.”

“I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting.”

“Strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real” yet “The other characters in Drago all add to the story rather than taking attention from the main action.”

“McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance.”

“Poignant, heart warming”  . . .  “Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time” . . . “Passionate and sensual without being distasteful or vulgar.”


Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Seasons in a Small Town series now!

Book 1 (Spring): What Are Friends For?

Book 2 (Summer): The Right Brother

Book 3 (Autumn): Falling for Her

Book 4 (Winter): Warm Front, new in 2017

If you like Patricia’s small-town romance stories, try her Marry Me series today!

Book 1: Wedding of the Century

Book 2: The Unexpected Wedding Guest

Book 3: A Most Unlikely Wedding

Book 4: Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

Book 3
~~~   Wildflowers have to be strong and resilient to bloom amid the rugged beauty of Wyoming – and so do the women.  ~~~ 

  "Melt your heart romance" -- Old Book Barn Gazette        

When fire ravages Wyoming land, fireweed is among the first plants to return, brightening a blighted area with the joy of its blooms. Small-town lawyer Taylor Anne Larsen faces the challenge of doing the same for the pain-ravaged heart and disbelieving soul of cowboy Cal Ruskoff. Armed with the same grace and grit as the wildflower fireweed, Taylor also has allies - a matchmaking friend, a Wyoming blizzard, high-octane mutual attraction, being snowbound, and a rescue dog who slips past Cal's defenses.

 Cal might give in to passion temporarily, but from behind the wall he's built around his past and his secrets, he's certain Taylor is all that he can't let himself have. And he'll use all his weapons to keep her out. 

 "These characters -- their dialogue, their fears, their complex personalities -- are very real. As a reader, I couldn't help fall under Cal's spell -- a good, troubled, mixed-up man who forces Taylor to confront some of her own demons, even as he refuses to face his own ... There's a lot of subtle -- and not so subtle -- humor here, the love scenes are at once tender and sizzling, and the emotions and fears of both characters wrap themselves around the reader's heart and don't let go." – 5* review

 Match Made in Wyoming delivers romance, humor, and emotional impact in the second book in the contemporary western romance collection Wyoming Wildflowers from award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn.

~~~

 Get all the blooms in the Wyoming Wildflowers Series!

Prequel – Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (Snowberry)

* Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush) 

* Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed) 

* My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold) 

-- A New World (prequel to Jack’s Heart)

Jack’s Heart (Yellow Monkeyflower)

-- Rodeo Nights (prequel to Where Love Lives)

Where Love Lives: The Inheritance (Threadleaf Phacelia)

A Cowboy Wedding, coming in 2017

* Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1)

Buy the entire Wyoming Wildflowers collection (Books 1-6, plus prequels) for one great price .... Wyoming Wildflowers: The Collection 

~~~

 Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s Wyoming Wildflowers stories:

 "Page turner, cute, funny. Can't wait to get the next in line"

"This is a great western story and would recommend you to read it. …I haven't found one of her books I don't like."

“Each one was totally different, characters were unique and totally believable!! Enjoy!!!

“Amazing and touching story.”

"If you love to laugh; love to cry; or love to laugh and cry at the same time, then you'll definitely want to read Almost a Bride."

"Smart, stubborn and irresistible."

“… So enjoyable I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.”

“Excellent book! I read it straight in one whole day. Recommend it to anyone!” 

“Delightful!”

”Nothing short of heart consuming and thrilling. I've loved every one and feel like I know the people personally. I can't wait for the next installment.”

Book 3
Season in a Small Town -- Autumn 

"Funny, fresh and a good love story." -- 5* review

He sees what she's long hidden . . . especially from herself.

Meet Josh Kincannon, high school principal, single father of three, and thus, as he reminds himself ruefully, essentially celibate back into misty memory and forward into the foreseeable future.

After three months of trying to work with Vanessa Irish via phone and e-mails on a project to help tiny Drago, Illinois, Josh believes he has an accurate picture of Zeke-Tech's CFO:

Conscientious? Oh, yeah.

Intelligent? Absolutely.

Agreeable? Not so much.

Then he catches sight of her wild, vibrant robe and begins to wonder what other elements might form a portrait of Vanessa Irish. Every time she goes into her I'm-so-boring-I-disappear-against-white-walls act, he remembers that vibrant, wild fabric hanging on the corner of a door and he gets curious. 

And the more curious he becomes, the more he discovers about her that has him feeling things a whole lot hotter than curiosity. Things that shake up life as single parent to his three kids, scrape against his career as high school principal and -- oh, yes -- definitely threaten his stretch of celibacy.

Numbers, that's where Vanessa is comfortable. Not all this interaction with people that she's been pitched into. Especially interacting with Josh Kincannon. Why does he insist on drawing her into his small town, his life, his children? And the biggest question -- what kind of man is this, who not only looks at her, but SEES her, when that's the last thing she wants?

. . .  or is it?


Originally published under the title Principal of Love

* * * * * * * *

Falling for Her, Book 3 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's Seasons in a Small Town series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Roxanne St. Clair and Jill Shalvis.


Praise for the Seasons in a Small Town series:

“You laugh, you angst, you maybe shed a couple tears or two, and at the end of it you move immediately onto the next book because -- unlike teenage Zeke -- you don't want to get away, all you want to do is go back.”

“The town of Drago has insinuated itself into my heart and I can only hope there is another installment with this small town as its setting.”

 “Strong characters with enough faults to make them human and real” yet “The other characters in Drago all add to the story rather than taking attention from the main action.”

“McLinn delivers a fun, engaging, and emotionally complicated romance.”

 “Poignant, heart warming”  . . .  “Funny and heart-wrenching at the same time” . . . “Passionate and sensual without being distasteful or vulgar.”

 

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Seasons in a Small Town series today!

Book 1 (Spring): What Are Friends For?

Book 2 (Summer): The Right Brother

Book 3 (Autumn): Falling for Her, second edition now available

Book 4 (Winter): Warm Front, new book in May

If you like Patricia’s small-town romance stories, try her Marry Me series now!

Book 1: Wedding of the Century

Book 2: The Unexpected Wedding Guest

Book 3: A Most Unlikely Wedding

Book 4: Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

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