Like Some Old Country Song

Summer Lake Silver

Book 1
Xenion, Inc
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 You know those stories – where guy meets girl, they fall for each other, life does its best to tear them apart, but in the end, love conquers all and they embark on their life together?

Yeah? Well, this isn’t one of those stories. This is more like some old country song. A song about a man and a woman who’ve already lived through great highs and lows. A man and a woman who’ve reached their fifties and who, despite humble beginnings have achieved great things in different ways.

He’s had an amazing career as one of country music’s biggest names. She’s raised a daughter and given her everything she needed to go out and succeed in the world.

They’ve both given their all to their chosen path in life, and when those paths cross, two lonely hearts finally see their chance at true happiness.

It’s hardly a spoiler to say that an old country song might end with the sun setting over two rocking chairs on a front porch. You’ll have to pick up your copy of this heart-warming romance today to find out if Marianne and Clay’s story ends that way.


This book is intended for readers aged 18+
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Summer Lake Silver is a new series featuring couples in their fifties and older. Just because a few decades—or more—have skipped by since you were in your twenties it doesn’t mean you can’t find love, does it? Summer Lake Silver stories find happily ever afters for those who remember being thirty-something—vaguely.

Summer Lake Seasons
A return to the wonderful small town so many readers have grown to love. We'll see our old friends around town and they'll feature to a greater or lesser extent in the new stories. I want you to be able to catch up on their lives if you know them - and to not feel like you're missing anything if you didn't read the original series.

Angel and Luke in Take These Broken Wings

Summer Lake Original Series

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack 
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly 
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan 
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura 
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan 
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase 
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée 
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding 
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding

Remington Ranch series
Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Book 1: Mason 
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta

A Chance and a Hope series. 
These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Hamiltons Series
This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies
Book 3: Marsala and Magnolias
Book 4: Prosecco and Peonies

The Davenports Series
The series featuring Hope’ Davenport's cousins, three sexy brothers, of the billionaire Davenport family. In their own words they are - the "Suit", the "Vet" and the "Geek."

Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid

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About the author

Hi, I'm SJ, a coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I'm a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can't write without coffee.

I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.

I write 'Sweet N Steamy' stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.

These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I'm not reading or writing you'll find me just down the road in the park - Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0) 

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Xenion, Inc
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Jan 25, 2019
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179
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9781946220462
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When your forties are fading in the rear-view mirror, and your happily ever after wasn’t as long or as happy as you thought it would be. What then?

 

Do you still have any dreams left to chase? Do you even want to?

 

Chris’s happily ever after was more of a nightmare than a dream.

 

But that was a long time ago. These days, she lives a full life. She dates sometimes. Just because she’s in her fifties doesn’t mean she’s forgotten how to have fun. But a love of her own? That might just be a dream too far.

 

Seymour’s dreams came true when he married young and had a daughter.

 

He doesn’t believe in dreams anymore. Since his wife died, he’s hidden himself in his work. He’s made more money than one man could ever need. He’s rebuilt the bridges he burned with his daughter. He’d even go as far as to say he’s content.

 

But falling in love again? That’s not even a wish for him, let alone a dream.

 

Until he meets Chris …

 

Pick up your copy of this heart-warming romance today and you’ll laugh and cry as these two figure out whether old enough means wise enough to love again—or whether a happily ever after at their age is just a dream too far.

 

This book is intended for readers aged 18+

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Summer Lake Silver

Summer Lake Silver stories find happily ever afters for those who remember being thirty-something—vaguely.

 

Like Some Old Country Song

A Dream too Far

 

Summer Lake Seasons

A return to the wonderful small town so many readers have grown to love.

 

Take These Broken Wings

Too Much Love to Hide

 

Love in Nashville

 

Bring on the Night is the first in the new Love in Nashville series. Look out for 
Bring on the Sunshine (late 2019)

 

Summer Lake Original Series

 

Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack

Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly

Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan

Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura

Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan

Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase

Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée

The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding

Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte

Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie

Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily

Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story

The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding

 

Remington Ranch series

Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

 

Mason

Shane

Carter

Beau

Four Weddings and a Vendetta

 

A Chance and a Hope series.

These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

 

Book 1: Chance Encounter

Book 2: Finding Hope

Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

 

The Hamiltons Series

This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

 

Red Wine and Roses

Champagne and daisies

Marsala and Magnolias

Prosecco and Peonies

 

The Davenports Series

The series featuring Hope’ Davenport's cousins, three sexy brothers, of the billionaire Davenport family. In their own words they are - the "Suit", the "Vet" and the "Geek."

 

Oscar

TJ

Reid
Captured in Surrender

Bounty Hunter Naya Blade never thought she'd step foot in Surrender, Montana again. Especially since there was a warrant out for her arrest. But when her skip ends up in the normally peaceful town, she has no choice but to go after him to claim her reward. Even at the cost of running into the cop that makes her blood run hot and her sense of self-preservation run cold.

Deputy Lane Greyson wants to see Naya in handcuffs, but he'd much prefer them attached to his bed instead of in a cold jail cell. She drove him crazy once before and then drove right out of town, leaving havoc in her wake. He's determined to help her hunt down the bad guy so he can claim his own bounty—her.

The Promise of Surrender

Mia Russo spent ten years working undercover, entrenched in the dregs of society before handing in her shield. Opening her own pawn shop is a piece of cake in comparison. All she needs is the bad attitude she developed on the streets and the shotgun under her counter to keep law and order. Until the day Zeke McBride walks into her shop. 

Zeke knows Mia has every right not to trust him. He was the one who chose the next op instead of her. And all he can hope is that somewhere under the snarl and cynicism is a woman who can forgive. Because whether she trusts him or not, they're going to have to work together to bring down the gang that's decided Mia is their next target. 

Sweet Surrender

It’s been twelve years since Liza Carmichael stepped foot in Surrender, but after her great aunt’s death she has no choice but to return and settle her estate. Which includes the corner bakery that’s been a staple in Surrender for more than fifty years.

After twenty-five years on the job, Lieutenant Grant Boone finds himself at loose ends now that he’s retired. He’s gotten a number of job offers—one from MacKenzie Security—but he's burned out and jaded, and the last thing he wants to do is carry the burden of another badge and weapon. He almost turns down the invitation from his good friend Cooper MacKenzie to stay as their guest for a few weeks while he’s deciding what to do with the rest of his life. But he packs his bag and heads to Surrender anyway.

The only thing Boone knows is that his future plans don’t include Liza Carmichael. She’s bossy, temperamental, and the confections she bakes are sweet enough to tempt a saint. Thank God he’s never pretended to be one. But after he gets one taste of Liza and things start heating up in the kitchen, he realizes how delicious new beginnings can be.

The first three books in the USA Today Bestselling romantic suspense series.  Readers call it "impossible to put down."  Susan Elizabeth Phillips, NYT Bestselling Author, says, “Margaret Watson, a star in the world of contemporary romance, grabs you on the opening page and keeps you reading to the happily ever after.”


Love Me (Book 1) 

When Helen Brody needed her office repaired, she never expected that the contractor would be Jamie Evans, the man with whom she shared an unforgettable night a year earlier.  Jamie hasn't forgotten Helen, either, and now that he's found her, he's determined not to let her get away again.

Helen can't get involved with Jamie, because he wants something she can't give him, but she can't deny the explosive, out of control attraction between them.  As they try to work through their feelings, they find that the hit and run driver who destroyed Helen's office has more plans for her.  Will they have only a handful of nights together, or will they have the chance to build something lasting?


Watch Me (Book 2)

When Tessa Porter returns home from work one evening to find her apartment has been broken into, the Chicago nurse is shocked when the detective who responds to her call is her sexy neighbor – the one she's been fantasizing about.  She'd caught a naughty glimpse of him through her window one morning, but Quinn Donovan is even hotter in the flesh.

Quinn had spotted Tessa through his window, as well, and when he meets her in person, his reaction is hard to conceal – or control.  Their passion and desire are overwhelming, but what will happen when Quinn wants more – and Tessa is hiding a secret?


Find Me (Book 3)

After witnessing the murder of an FBI agent in a parking garage late one night, Lizzy Monroe meets with the FBI and agrees to work with a sketch artist.  But on her way out of the office, she comes face to face with the killer – another FBI agent. She knows from experience what happens when a criminal is a member of law enforcement – cops protect their own.  So when the killer shows up at her door later that morning, she knows she has no choice but to run.

From the moment he sees her, Mac Donovan is intrigued by – and in lust with – their beautiful witness.  After Lizzy disappears, he spends his free time tracking her down.  When he finally finds her on a remote island in the San Juans, their chemistry is explosive and the sex is even hotter.  But he's hiding his identity from her. What will happen when she discovers who he really is?  Will she be able to forgive his betrayal?  Or will the killer find them first?

When your forties are fading in the rear-view mirror, and your happily ever after wasn’t as long or as happy as you thought it would be. What then?

 

Do you still have any dreams left to chase? Do you even want to?

 

Chris’s happily ever after was more of a nightmare than a dream.

 

But that was a long time ago. These days, she lives a full life. She dates sometimes. Just because she’s in her fifties doesn’t mean she’s forgotten how to have fun. But a love of her own? That might just be a dream too far.

 

Seymour’s dreams came true when he married young and had a daughter.

 

He doesn’t believe in dreams anymore. Since his wife died, he’s hidden himself in his work. He’s made more money than one man could ever need. He’s rebuilt the bridges he burned with his daughter. He’d even go as far as to say he’s content.

 

But falling in love again? That’s not even a wish for him, let alone a dream.

 

Until he meets Chris …

 

Pick up your copy of this heart-warming romance today and you’ll laugh and cry as these two figure out whether old enough means wise enough to love again—or whether a happily ever after at their age is just a dream too far.

 

This book is intended for readers aged 18+

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Summer Lake Silver

Summer Lake Silver stories find happily ever afters for those who remember being thirty-something—vaguely.

 

Like Some Old Country Song

A Dream too Far

 

Summer Lake Seasons

A return to the wonderful small town so many readers have grown to love.

 

Take These Broken Wings

Too Much Love to Hide

 

Love in Nashville

 

Bring on the Night is the first in the new Love in Nashville series. Look out for 
Bring on the Sunshine (late 2019)

 

Summer Lake Original Series

 

Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack

Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly

Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan

Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura

Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan

Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase

Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée

The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding

Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte

Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie

Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily

Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story

The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding

 

Remington Ranch series

Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

 

Mason

Shane

Carter

Beau

Four Weddings and a Vendetta

 

A Chance and a Hope series.

These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

 

Book 1: Chance Encounter

Book 2: Finding Hope

Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

 

The Hamiltons Series

This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

 

Red Wine and Roses

Champagne and daisies

Marsala and Magnolias

Prosecco and Peonies

 

The Davenports Series

The series featuring Hope’ Davenport's cousins, three sexy brothers, of the billionaire Davenport family. In their own words they are - the "Suit", the "Vet" and the "Geek."

 

Oscar

TJ

Reid
Logan knows how to have fun. It’s what he does best.


As a construction manager he knows all about hard work and responsibility, too.


He can’t always make life fun for the guys on his crew, but he sure as hell makes up for it when it’s time to clock out.


Women are his favorite kind of fun to have. So, he has a bit of a reputation? So, what? He doesn’t have a problem with that. If his reputation goes before him, it will scare off the girls who don’t like to play – and act as a siren call to the players. 


But will that reputation scare off the one girl he’s more than just interested in?


Roxy’s been in Summer Lake for a few years now.


She doesn’t miss the life and friends she left behind—or the reason she left it all behind. She’s made new friends and small-town life suits her just fine.


There’s no new man in the picture, but that’s okay. She’s not sure she’d want one anyway.


Her guy friends look out for her, and she’s not above looking at Logan. He’s gorgeous! But looking is all she’ll ever do. He’s not boyfriend material, he’s a player and a big old flirt.


At least that’s all he’s ever shown himself to be.


But when part of her old life shows up at the lake, Logan’s ready to step up and show he’s a true friend – and maybe a whole lot more.


This book is intended for adult readers 18+

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Summer Lake Seasons series is sweet n steamy, small town romance with a focus on fun, friendships and happily ever afters. It follows a group of friends in a small lakeside town in the California hills.


Take These Broken Wings

Too Much Love to Hide

Sunshine Over Snow


Summer Lake Series

In the original Summer Lake Series each book can be read as a standalone – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story.


Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack

Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly

Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan

Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura

Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan

Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase

Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée

The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding

Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte

Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie

Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily

Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story

The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding


Summer Lake Silver is a new series featuring couple in their fifties and older. Just because a few decades—or more—have skipped by since you were in your twenties it doesn’t mean you can’t find love, does it? Summer Lake Silver stories find happily ever afters for those who remember being thirty-something—vaguely.


Like Some Old Country Song – Clay and Marianne

A Dream Too Far - Seymour and Chris


Remington Ranch series

Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!


Mason

Shane

Carter

Beau

Four Weddings and a Vendetta


A Chance and a Hope Trilogy

These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.


Book 1: Chance Encounter

Book 2: Finding Hope

Book 3: Give Hope a Chance


Love in Nashville

Just like the road to The Grand Ole Opry only those who are prepared to work for it can find true love.

 

Bring on the Night

There are many more to come


The Hamiltons Series

This series follows the Hamilton family in California who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. Wine may be the heart of their business but it isn’t their only passion.


Red Wine and Roses

Champagne and Daisies

Marsala and Magnolias

Prosecco and Peonies


The Davenports Series

The sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family. In their own words they are - the "Suit", the "Vet" and the "Geek."


Oscar

TJ

Reid

He has no intention of falling for anyone - he's duty bound.

Sully, Special Agent James Sullivan, to give him his full title, is on his way to Hope Falls. He's going to visit an old friend, but he couldn't tell you why. If pushed, he'd say that he had some time off after his boss and friend died, and he didn't know what else to do with himself. He probably wouldn't tell you that Patrick's death has left him wondering if there shouldn't be more to life than his FBI career.

She has no intention of falling for anyone - she's carefree.

Jess Archer lives in her motorhome and travels the country as a freelance photographer. She can wander as she pleases and she loves that. There may be no one in the world who knows or cares where she is from one day to the next, but that's a good thing, not a sad thing. Or so she tells herself. Still, she's thrilled at the chance to visit someone who does care about her, her old friend Tessa. 

When Sully and Jess meet sparks fly, but will the magic of Hope Falls be enough to bring together two people who have no intention of falling in love?

This book is intended for readers age 18 +

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WARNING: This title was originally published in Melanie Shawn’s Hope Falls Kindle World. Elements of the world, including characters, are used with permission.

It’s the only one of SJ’s books so far that isn’t part of one of her ongoing series.

Summer Lake Series
In the original Summer Lake Series each book can be read as a stand alone – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships. 

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack 
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly 
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan 
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura 
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan 
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase 
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée 
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding 
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding

Summer Lake Seasons
The Summer Lake Seasons series is a return to the small town readers fell in love with. It features new couples as they meet and fall and love, and gives a chance to catch up with old friends.

Take These Broken Wings
Is the first in the series - there are several more to come.

Remington Ranch series
Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Mason 
Shane
Carter
Beau
Four Weddings and a Vendetta

A Chance and a Hope series
These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Hamiltons Series
This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Red Wine and Roses
Champagne and Daisies
Marsala and Magnolias
Prosecco and Peonies

The Davenports Series
The latest series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.

Oscar
TJ
Reid

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