My perfect day: Laptop; WiFi availability; Java Mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality. Afterward, I return home to wash dishes and vacuum.
Seriously, I have always loved reading, and now I love writing. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries, but when I reached my teens, the romance genre became my favorite and that has never changed. After years of procrastinating, I decided to try my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. I have written over twenty-five novels and novellas in the romance genres of fantasy, contemporary, contemporary western, and historical. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book.
I also have a YA novel titled Fragile Hearts under the pen name of Colleen Clay.
In 2014 I was honored to receive the gold medal from Readers' Favorite International Book Contest for Abby: Mail Order Bride in the historical romance category.
Lucinda made the biggest mistake of her life when she threw Harris "under the bus" and she regrets the exposé that appeared in The Seattle Daily. The only way to make amends is to swallow her pride and print a public apology in his town's local newspaper. Of course, no one knows she was hired by The Paxtonville Weekly because the editor of the "Daily" made a secret deal to get her there. She's digging a hole for herself that she may never escape.
Note: This is the last book in the "Romance on the Ranch Series" and many characters from previous books find their way into this story.
“Riveting – a wonderful story. Couldn’t put it down.” ~L. Benner
“A real page turner. This story has depth and heart, there are wonderful unexpected elements that will leave you breathless. You will not regret reading this one!” ~Tammy Hooper
“Beautifully written. Much more than just a romance.” ~Old Book Barn Gazette
“Absorbing!” ~Harriet Klausner
“The characters practically leapt from the pages, they seemed so alive.” ~ Dafna Yee
Haunted by her past, Claire Ashier must protect her new home and her battered heart from Boyd Grayson—the charming saloon owner who is ruining her business. That’s not easy do when her only friend in town is Boyd’s animated dog Sailor. While tending the dog, and marching on Boyd’s noisy saloon, Claire matches wits with the handsome playboy and they develop an unexpected friendship that changes the game for both of them. But the game is filled with risk. Boyd wants more, but are the stakes too high for Claire to trust a saloon owner and open her heart to love again?
· Each book in this series is a standalone, complete novel featuring a different couple and their journey of falling in love, but the books can also be read and enjoyed as part of the series about the Grayson family.
Grayson Brothers series:
Book 1: WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
Book 2: SHADES OF HONOR - RITA Winner!
Book 3: THE LONGING - Romantic Times 4-1/2 star Top Pick!
Book 4: LIPS THAT TOUCH MINE
Book 5: KISSING IN THE DARK
Book 6: SLEIGH OF HOPE
Book 7: LEAVE IT FOR THE RAIN
Book 8: THE PROMISE IN YOUR EYES
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“A heartwarming tale” ~Road to Romance”
“I make sure I have nothing important to do when I start one of these books as I won’t get it done till I've finished the story. Very good addition to this series!” ~ L. R. Morgan
“Very moving & emotional. I laughed, cried & got angry. Love the ending & highly recommend this book.”
“Entertaining and captivating. I couldn't stop reading it.”
“Powerful… your emotions will run wild.”
“It will make you laugh it will make you cry and you won't want to put it down.”
“The storyline, characters were wonderful. I didn't want to put it down. The twists and turns were unexpected. The attention to details and story was riveting.”
“Sweet and charming, takes you on a carriage ride full of emotions.” ~Nicholette Perkins
“Wonderful. Riveting and heart wrenching.” ~Lindsey
Themes: This Victorian historical romance series is set in 19th century – 1800s. Each book is a standalone complete novel featuring heartbreaking emotional romance, weddings, brides and grooms, a marriage of convenience, a love triangle, a sheriff romance, stories about hidden identity, amnesia, true gentlemen alpha heroes and beta heroes, love and laughter, stories that make you cry, and much more. These popular romance novels make up a bestselling family saga romance series about heartwarming romance and second chances.
**Standalone small town romance novel.**
She should've walked away.
She should've kept her secrets.
But she didn't.
And now, they both have to pay the price.
Keeping secrets was Mandi's specialty. Guarding her heart and staying hidden in the shadows was all she'd ever known. But when the irresistible Nic Marcelli moves to Koppe, Texas, Mandi's life is turned upside down. He's everything she can't resist, but should. Cocky and ridiculously sexy, Nic comes from a lifestyle Mandi can't even begin to fathom: designer clothes, luxury cars, and wealth at his fingertips. His world is one she could never understand--one that would never accept someone like her.
Lying to herself, Mandi swears that it's just a fling until high school graduation--a way to kill time. But with someone like Nic, graduation is only the beginning.
**Contains preview of YOUR GRAVITY: a fun and sexy student/teacher romance with a time travel twist.**
Topics: fiction & literature, coming of age, cultural heritage, family life, free new adult romance, free contemporary romance, free book, free ebook, free romance ebook, free romance novel, free young love romance.
SOMEWHERE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS
Is there somewhere that wishes come true?
When the bus Sunny Fairbanks is traveling on stops for a layover in the small seaside town of Somewhere, she decides to walk on the beach at sunrise—and falls in love with the area. Her decision as to whether to remain in Somewhere for a few days, or continue northward, is unexpectedly made for her when she steps on a shard of glass. A young man jogging along the shoreline comes to her aid and she is forced to do something she hates—accept help.
Vicky Patterson continues to be amazed that her brother was able to send her a message from beyond the grave through her friends Faith Bennison and Baxter Hope. And that message has set her free from a lifetime of guilt. In fact, she's so free, that she takes on the task of heading up a group of protesters against Wainwright Resorts, the corporation that wants to purchase a portion of the town's public beach and build a world class resort that will, of course, destroy the quaintness of her community. She's angry with Michael Wainwright, III, and intent on stopping his plans.
Gabby Hope, a widow, and owner of Hope Bed & Breakfast, wants to get Leo Constanzo, a widower, out of her system, so she proposes something utterly inappropriate and is shocked when he agrees.
Belinda Hope, who died decades earlier, kept a diary that revealed the happenings behind her daughter's disappearance, and then her own, years later. Now that she's ready to step into the light of eternity, she needs to get a message to someone on the other side about where the diary is hidden.
Not intended to be read as a standalone.