Blue Clouds

Tales of Love and Mystery

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“Absolutely stunning... Rice gives us everything we could want in this ‘to keep forever’—love, mystery, and adventure... Fantastic.” Bell, Book ,and Candle

Pippa Cochran flees an abusive boyfriend only to end up working for a man everyone calls the Grim Reaper—and not just because he’s a bestselling author of horror novels.

Fame and fortune are cold comfort for Seth Wyatt, a man whose inner demons have him living on a volatile precipice—even before someone tries to murder him.

An indefatigable caretaker, Pippa isn’t prepared to battle both her employer and his enemies. Still, she can’t resist the emotional pull of Seth’s damaged son or the opportunity to hide in the fortress he calls home.

Pippa’s new-found security is destroyed when she and Seth are the victims of several near-fatal accidents. To prevent harm to those she’s come to love, must she run again? Can Seth ask her to stay when it could mean one of them might die?

REVIEWS:

The Romantic Reader: "You can always count on Patricia Rice for an entertaining story with just the right mix of romance, humor, and emotion."

Rendezvous: "A wickedly luscious novel filled with scintillating dialogue, madcap characters, and a premise that shows what true romance is all about. With her superb talent, Ms. Rice pens remarkable tales that come across the pages in whatever genre she writes."

Romantic Times: "Vastly entertaining...A wonderful combination of poignancy and humor."

Library Journal "(A) romance that snares the reader right from the start."

Keywords: California, novelist, nurse, disability, small town, contemporary romance, criminal, mystery and suspense, betrayal, disguise, revenge, romantic, assistant, bad boy, billionaire, boss, recluse, romantic mystery, quirky, humorous

 

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About the author

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance's hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

 

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Published on
Jul 26, 2012
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Pages
467
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ISBN
9781611381856
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English
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Learning of a plot to derail the vital software he’s developing, JD Marshall is on the run with his adolescent son, his computers, and his raw nerve. Forced off the road and injured in the middle of Nowheresville, KY, he’s left at the mercy of Nina Toon, an infuriatingly independent teacher who commands his formidable attention in dangerous ways.

Nina is equally unsettled by the Harley-riding stranger negotiating his way into her life. He claims to have the money to make her dreams of a botanical garden come true. But how can she trust a rugged charmer who’s brought a murderer to her quiet town?

Even worse, how can she not?

Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist

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“Wonderful storytelling…Make sure you add Garden of Dreams to your must read pile.” Romantic Times

“Patricia Rice is a master storyteller!” Mary Jo Putney

“Lively and fast-paced… Curl up with Patricia Rice’s latest and hold your breath!” The Literary Times

“Engaging… You can always count on Patricia Rice for an entertaining story with just the right mix of romance, humor, and emotion.” The Romance Reader

“Ms. Rice’s debut into contemporary is a huge success with this magnificent novel. Her characters are charming and the reader will fall in love with every one of them. The plot is refreshingly delightful, and she throws in a few curves that add to the fun. A definite joy to read.” Rendezvous

“Charming, refreshingly delightful… A definite joy to read” Rendezvous

 

keywords: contemporary romance, Kentucky, botanical garden, computer guru, motorcycles; strong heroine


New York Times bestseller Patricia Rice offers a tale of love and mystery. . .

“Exotic locales and dangerous skullduggery highlights this delightfully adventurous tale. Patricia Rice just keeps getting better and better.” Jill Smith, Romantic Times

After landing in the Caribbean island of St Lucia on business, account executive Penelope Albright is shockingly accused of smuggling drugs—until a sexy stranger claims to  be her husband and kidnaps her. Trouble and Charlie Smith are two sides of the same coin. He needs a wife—temporarily—to help him keep a low profile while investigating the disappearance of his business partner. And like it or not, elegant Penny is convenient, if way too upscale for Charlie’s tastes.

Like the island’s legendary volcano, their primal attraction is a force of nature. The lush setting should be a haven for lovers, not killers. But the sultry heat hides a peril they don’t anticipate. Can they fight their way out of the jungle that is their past and live to see the future?

REVIEWS:

 “Want a steamy jungle romance? Look no further than Volcano. Enjoy.” Cathy Sova, The Romance Reader

 “Fast-paced and well-balanced, VOLCANO ... (has) just enough suspense to make the story exciting and (add) some sizzling sex! Wonderful story...” Cherise Cruit, Old Book Barn Gazette

Keywords: contemporary romance, St. Lucia island, jungle, adventure, construction, murder, romantic mystery, Caribbean, island; strong heroine, accountant, criminal, betrayal, kidnapped, CEO, enemies to lovers,

 

Alys Seagraves has lost a home and a husband—she’s not about to lose her best friend, Mame. The elderly widow disappears from her hospital bed with only the slightest of clues to her whereabouts. With no transportation or understanding of where Mame has gone, Alys commandeers her friend’s ancient pink Cadillac and uptight nephew, Elliot Ross, to aid in her search.

 

As much as he loves the unpredictable aunt who raised him, Elliot is furious with Mame. He refuses to listen to the ludicrous fears of an obviously neurotic female who thinks she knows more than qualified professionals—whether they be doctors, like him, or the police. But as she drags him from his comfort zone on a mad ride down historic Route 66, he realizes Alys has more insight into his aunt’s dangerous path than he does.

 

Battling blizzards and murderous semi-drivers, they follow Mame’s trail in a last dash to save her life—and their own.

 

“CALIFORNIA GIRL is a true gem and a call to live life everyday to the fullest. . . .Patricia Rice has penned an emotional and riveting masterpiece…” Missy Andrews, Fallen Angel Reviews

 

Keywords: California, heart disease, doctor, Route 66, Cadillac, road trip, widow

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 “Patricia Rice is a master storyteller.”

—MARY JO PUTNEY

 

“The fast-paced story line and characters that you can’t help but fall in love with make CALIFORNIA GIRL a must read for all romance fans.” Dina Smith, Romance Junkies

 

“Alys and Elliott are like oil and water, both with a checkered past of pain and loneliness, but compliment each other so well. The romance is fresh, and the storyline flows seamlessly….CALIFORNIA GIRL makes a nice addition to this reviewer’s keeper shelf.” Amy Cunningham, Romance Reviews Today


She’s a working-class bride. He’s a well-to-do groom. Their botched wedding is only the start of their storybook romance.

Annette Trevetti felt like a modern-day Cinderella as she walked down the aisle towards her first love and the heir to a small fortune. But her wedding day bliss screeched to a halt when an extremely pregnant woman crashed the ceremony claiming her prince charming was the father. Devastated, Annette shakes the dust of her small town off her boots and starts a seven-year climb up the corporate ladder to claim her own fortune. But when her brother gets injured on the job, she has no choice but to return to her hometown and risk exposing the feelings she still has for the man who broke her heart.

Single dad Steve Corbett’s biggest regret is tied up with his greatest joy. When Annette returns to town seven years after she left him at the altar, his love for her hasn't changed one bit. And if his match-making daughter and their one-of-a-kind elderly relative have it their way, they’d pick the romance up right where it left off. Working alongside Annette on her brother’s construction project, Steve senses the flicker of their old flame. But he knows it will take a lot of sweat and tears to rebuild the crumbling trust for a second chance at happily ever after.

With years and heartache between them, can Annette and Steve learn to have faith in each other and rebuild a new future together?

Wedding of the Century is a contemporary romance about second chances. If you like fiery chemistry, precocious children, quirky matchmakers and emotional journeys of the heart, then you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s small-town romance.


Buy Wedding of the Century to discover why love is better the second time around today!


Praise for Wedding of the Century:

”Once again author Patricia McLinn pens an evocative and powerfully told tale. The secondary cast also dazzles, especially Steve's precocious daughter. Fans will eagerly anticipate the sequel.” – C. Penn, Amazon review

”McLinn shines in this story of a love that was meant to be.” – 5-star Amazon review

“Highly recommended.” -- Amazon review

 

Praise for the Marry Me series:

“With her two latest books set in a perfectly realized and perfectly charming small town, McLinn has created two beautifully written, richly emotional love stories that are a joy to read.” – John Charles, American Library Association

“Gifted Patricia McLinn has written another wonderful series filled with emotion and romance.” -- CataRomance Reviews

“McLinn has done a marvelous job creating the stories in this series.” -- Fresh Fiction

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s Marry Me series now!

Wedding of the Century

The Unexpected Wedding Guest

A Most Unlikely Wedding

Baby Blues and Wedding Bells



And if you like Patricia’s small-town romance stories, try her Seasons in a Small Town series today!

What Are Friends For? (Spring)
The Right Brother (Summer)
Falling for Her (Autumn)
Warm Front (Winter)

Learning of a plot to derail the vital software he’s developing, JD Marshall is on the run with his adolescent son, his computers, and his raw nerve. Forced off the road and injured in the middle of Nowheresville, KY, he’s left at the mercy of Nina Toon, an infuriatingly independent teacher who commands his formidable attention in dangerous ways.

Nina is equally unsettled by the Harley-riding stranger negotiating his way into her life. He claims to have the money to make her dreams of a botanical garden come true. But how can she trust a rugged charmer who’s brought a murderer to her quiet town?

Even worse, how can she not?

Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“Wonderful storytelling…Make sure you add Garden of Dreams to your must read pile.” Romantic Times

“Patricia Rice is a master storyteller!” Mary Jo Putney

“Lively and fast-paced… Curl up with Patricia Rice’s latest and hold your breath!” The Literary Times

“Engaging… You can always count on Patricia Rice for an entertaining story with just the right mix of romance, humor, and emotion.” The Romance Reader

“Ms. Rice’s debut into contemporary is a huge success with this magnificent novel. Her characters are charming and the reader will fall in love with every one of them. The plot is refreshingly delightful, and she throws in a few curves that add to the fun. A definite joy to read.” Rendezvous

“Charming, refreshingly delightful… A definite joy to read” Rendezvous

 

keywords: contemporary romance, Kentucky, botanical garden, computer guru, motorcycles; strong heroine


"A fun, fast-paced romantic adventure that’s the perfect summer beach read. Sophie and Jimmy will steal your heart as they fight to save the day and each other. If you liked Romancing the Stone or The Jewel of the Nile, you’ll LOVE Rum Runner!" -- Traci Douglass, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Blood Ravagers Series


English socialite Sophie Davies-Stone has been longing to meet her father since she was a little girl. When he sends her a mysterious medallion and asks her to forward it to him in Miami, she can’t help herself from doing something totally un-Sophie-like. Rather than mailing it as instructed, Sophie hops on a flight to Florida.

But the family reunion never happens. Instead, Sophie is attacked and almost kidnapped by her father’s enemies. Her savior is Jimmy Panama, a cocky and annoyingly handsome former Navy SEAL. Sophie isn’t the only one who’s annoyed. After years of trying to find a way to pay back his CO, Jimmy never thought his debt would get him mixed up with his commander’s uptight, British daughter. He just wants to put her on the next flight home and get back to his low-stress life in Key West, but fate has other plans.

As Sophie and Jimmy embark on a heart-pounding adventure through Key West and the Caribbean, Sophie finds herself falling for the snarky American. Still, her head says Jimmy is all wrong for her, and the more she finds out about him – and her father – the more uncertain she is about who she can trust.

One thing is clear. Sophie is in way over her head, and her greatest adventure might be her last.

The Key West Escape Series
1. Rum Runner
2. Bahama Mama
3. Passion Punch – Coming Summer 2019!
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