Must-Have Husband: Summer Grooms Book 1

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 If you liked the HOLIDAY BRIDES, get ready for the SUMMER GROOMS...


MUST-HAVE HUSBAND (Summer Grooms Book 1)

A girl in need of a groom ropes a bachelor in the wilderness, and brings him home. A sweet comedic tale about love and taking chances. Based on a true tradition!


SUMMER GROOMS SERIES
Must-Have Husband (Book 1)
My Lucky Groom (Book 2)
The Wedding Wish (Book 3)
The Getaway Groom (Book 4)

MUST-HAVE HUSBAND
Fall for Love. Take a Chance...

City girl Connie Oliver has a hard time hanging on to men, grooms in particular. Just nine weeks before her wedding, she's seen another one slip away. To make matters worse, her ailing grandfather's eightieth birthday is approaching, and he has one final wish: to see his last granddaughter married in the historic wedding gown that was first worn by his late wife and has been a family tradition for years. When her sister takes Connie on a girls' getaway in the wild to soothe her latest heartache, she quips that Connie wouldn't know a decent man if he fell on her. So, when a handsome stranger drops out of the trees, Connie's got to wonder whether he's some sort of madman - or an answer to her prayers.

Rugged outdoorsman "Mac" McCormack is down on his luck after having just lost his camping store in a forest fire. So he hits the trail to forget his woes and plot his next move. Little does Mac expect the fates to deliver an angel with a predicament in need of his skills. With Connie desiring a groom and Mac requiring a down payment, their meeting seems fortuitously timed. But how far will Mac be willing to go once he learns play-acting for the Olivers is not such smooth sailing? Despite the mishaps and mayhem that ensue, can Connie and Mac achieve an authentic happy ending? That all depends on whether both of their hearts can take a chance.

A sweet, traditional PG-rated romantic comedy.Standard novella-length, approximately 25,000 words.
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About the author

Ginny Baird is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of romance and women's fiction. She has published several novels in print and online and also received screenplay options from Hollywood for her romantic and family comedy scripts. Her series include: Christmas Town, Holiday Brides, and Summer Grooms Novella Series.

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Publisher
Winter Wedding Press
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Published on
Feb 27, 2013
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Pages
113
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ISBN
9780988695344
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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 Come home this Christmas to...

CHRISTMAS TOWN, TENNESSEE

Where everyday dreams come true!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you the start of a brand new holiday series...

THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOP
(Christmas Town, Book 1)

Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she's taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he's more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he's encouraging her to do her part. Hannah's great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn't looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance--without sacrificing her heart?

EXCERPT 

The last turn she took was supposed to lead straight to the town roundabout, the one that connected with South Main Street. Hannah had been told to watch for a flagpole, the courthouse, a library, and a big town sign. But all she saw ahead of her in these near-whiteout conditions was more snow! That's when a flashing blue glimmer in her driver's side mirror caught her eye.Thank goodness! Help has arrived. It had to be a cop figuring her for a distressed motorist. Hannah certainly couldn't get any more distressed than this.

Hannah hadn't journeyed to Tennessee for a leisurely visit. She'd inherited a business she knew absolutely nothing about, and she was determined to sell it at the first opportunity. She tried to imagine herself running a cookie shop, but just couldn't. The only picture that came to mind involved huge plumes of black smoke curling out an open doorway. Where some people had a brown thumb in the garden, Hannah wore a charred oven mitt in the kitchen. She couldn't even microwave popcorn without the bag catching fire.

Hannah spun in her seat to better view the approaching figure in dark clothing. No, wait. It's a matching red tunic and slacks worn beneath an open field coat. The full silhouette of a man emerged from a snowy swirl and Hannah's heart thumped. It wasn't just any outfit; it was a Santa suit. Though she'd never seen Old Saint Nick looking quite like that. Rather than being short and stout, he was tall and built, with an obviously solid chest and a manly jaw thinly disguised by a fake white beard. A Santa hat sat slightly askew on his head, partially covering short brown hair. He strode to her driver's side window in shiny black boots and tapped on the glass. Hannah goggled at the apparition, then lowered her window a crack.

Evergreen eyes peered in at her and Hannah caught her breath. She didn't even know eyes came in that color. They reminded her of Christmas trees: the really fresh kind, not the plastic sort that normally stood on an end table in the corner of her apartment.

"Everything okay in there? I saw that you'd pulled over. No wonder, really." Little lines crinkled around his eyes, lending them warmth beneath the wind's chill. "Given the weather." He tugged off his fake beard and stuffed it in his pocket, exposing a rugged face.

Whoa, he was a good-looking Santa. She judged him to be a few years older than her but not more than five. As if his age mattered! Hannah wasn't in Tennessee to stay and she certainly wasn't in the market for a man. She'd had enough boyfriends to last her, thank you very much. And every...single...one of them had let her down. Love. Just one more four-letter word that had been canned from her vocabulary.

Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird
 Snuggle up this winter with this hauntingly romantic bundle! 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you Romantic Ghost Stories (Books 1 - 3), three wholesome, heartwarming love stories with a slightly spooky edge. 

This volume contains: 

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR (A LOVE STORY) 
A single mom and her teenage daughter move next to a spooky old house, and the small-town sheriff comes to their aid. #1 Best Seller in Paranormal Ghost Romance 

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE ROAD 
A woman is stranded along a lonely Virginia highway and is rescued by a handsome stranger. But is he leading her to safety, or into greater danger? 

THE HOUSE AT HOMECOMING COVE 
A New York City musician rents a historic farmhouse at the Virginia Eastern Shore, where odd things start occurring. Though the hot groundskeeper tries to protect her, is she really safer in his arms? 

** Buy all three stories together and save $$$! ** 

Praise for Ginny Baird Paranormal Ghost Romance 

The Ghost Next Door (A Love Story) 
"The twist at the end took me by surprise! Great job to the author!" ~ Melinda Burchett 
"A fine suspense and you just won't believe how it ends." ~ Barbara Baker 
"This is a mind bender! Very well done!" ~ Sandra D. Griffin 

The Light at the End of the Road 
"Wow. I mean, WOW. This is not your normal romance..." ~ Anita Slaugh 
"Ms. Baird has again exceeded any expectations." ~ Dianna Plano 
"New, refreshing twists and turns." ~ Anna Gibson 

The House at Homecoming Cove 
"A spellbinding tale...filled with exquisite prose." ~ Nina Soltwedel 
"Just the right balance of suspense and romance." ~ Dawn Pearson 
"Hauntingly beautiful." ~ Marjorie Roberts 
WEDDING BELLS BUNDLE

Four bestselling books from Ginny Baird!  

 
Includes Book 1 in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Holiday Brides Series, The Christmas Catch, and bestselling romantic comedies Must-Have Husband, The Sometime Bride and How to Marry a Matador.

**BUZZ** FOR WEDDING BELLS BUNDLE...

THE CHRISTMAS CATCH (HOLIDAY BRIDES, BOOK 1)
"A fantastic second-chance romance about a snowy accident that becomes a can't-miss love story!" ~ Kindle Fire Department, November 23, 2013

MUST-HAVE HUSBAND (SUMMER GROOMS, BOOK 1)
"I laughed so hard I cried not once but three times!" ~ Amazon Reader Spktme

THE SOMETIME BRIDE
Five Stars from STACIE'S SNAZZY REVIEWS
"I really enjoyed this book. I found myself frowning and smiling. It evoked emotion. The Sometime Bride was well written and very sweet. I would really like to see more from Ginny Baird." ~ Stacie's Snazzy Reviews

Four Stars from THE ROMANCE REVIEWS
"Ginny Baird has crafted a terrific, but short, story. It's a perfect read for an afternoon where you just want to kick back and while away the time with a delightful tidbit." ~ The Romance Reviews

HOW TO MARRY A MATADOR
"Turns the classic romance plot amusingly inside out...cleverly plotted." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"A sweet, romantic tale that leaves one yearning for a matador of their own."~ InD'Tale Magazine

STORY SUMMARIES:

THE CHRISTMAS CATCH (HOLIDAY BRIDES, Book 1)
A struggling single mom meets a handsome bachelor in Vermont, after running him off the road during a snowstorm. A sweet, romantic tale set in snowyVermont.  
 
MUST-HAVE HUSBAND (SUMMER GROOMS, Book 1)
A girl in need of a groom ropes a bachelor in the wilderness, and brings him home. A light and lively look at love and taking chances. Based on a true tradition!  
 
THE SOMETIME BRIDE
Carrie St. John is done with wedding disasters. Third time's the charm? A jilted bride and a ditched bachelor cut a "fake fiancé" deal. A fun and sexy read.  
 
HOW TO MARRY A MATADOR
Jess flies to Madrid on an acquisitions deal but wakes up married to a matador! A fresh and flirty romp.
 Come home this Christmas to...

CHRISTMAS TOWN, TENNESSEE

Where everyday dreams come true!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you the start of a brand new holiday series...

THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOP
(Christmas Town, Book 1)

Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she's taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he's more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he's encouraging her to do her part. Hannah's great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn't looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance--without sacrificing her heart?

EXCERPT 

The last turn she took was supposed to lead straight to the town roundabout, the one that connected with South Main Street. Hannah had been told to watch for a flagpole, the courthouse, a library, and a big town sign. But all she saw ahead of her in these near-whiteout conditions was more snow! That's when a flashing blue glimmer in her driver's side mirror caught her eye.Thank goodness! Help has arrived. It had to be a cop figuring her for a distressed motorist. Hannah certainly couldn't get any more distressed than this.

Hannah hadn't journeyed to Tennessee for a leisurely visit. She'd inherited a business she knew absolutely nothing about, and she was determined to sell it at the first opportunity. She tried to imagine herself running a cookie shop, but just couldn't. The only picture that came to mind involved huge plumes of black smoke curling out an open doorway. Where some people had a brown thumb in the garden, Hannah wore a charred oven mitt in the kitchen. She couldn't even microwave popcorn without the bag catching fire.

Hannah spun in her seat to better view the approaching figure in dark clothing. No, wait. It's a matching red tunic and slacks worn beneath an open field coat. The full silhouette of a man emerged from a snowy swirl and Hannah's heart thumped. It wasn't just any outfit; it was a Santa suit. Though she'd never seen Old Saint Nick looking quite like that. Rather than being short and stout, he was tall and built, with an obviously solid chest and a manly jaw thinly disguised by a fake white beard. A Santa hat sat slightly askew on his head, partially covering short brown hair. He strode to her driver's side window in shiny black boots and tapped on the glass. Hannah goggled at the apparition, then lowered her window a crack.

Evergreen eyes peered in at her and Hannah caught her breath. She didn't even know eyes came in that color. They reminded her of Christmas trees: the really fresh kind, not the plastic sort that normally stood on an end table in the corner of her apartment.

"Everything okay in there? I saw that you'd pulled over. No wonder, really." Little lines crinkled around his eyes, lending them warmth beneath the wind's chill. "Given the weather." He tugged off his fake beard and stuffed it in his pocket, exposing a rugged face.

Whoa, he was a good-looking Santa. She judged him to be a few years older than her but not more than five. As if his age mattered! Hannah wasn't in Tennessee to stay and she certainly wasn't in the market for a man. She'd had enough boyfriends to last her, thank you very much. And every...single...one of them had let her down. Love. Just one more four-letter word that had been canned from her vocabulary.

Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird
 Snuggle up this winter with this hauntingly romantic bundle! 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you Romantic Ghost Stories (Books 1 - 3), three wholesome, heartwarming love stories with a slightly spooky edge. 

This volume contains: 

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR (A LOVE STORY) 
A single mom and her teenage daughter move next to a spooky old house, and the small-town sheriff comes to their aid. #1 Best Seller in Paranormal Ghost Romance 

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE ROAD 
A woman is stranded along a lonely Virginia highway and is rescued by a handsome stranger. But is he leading her to safety, or into greater danger? 

THE HOUSE AT HOMECOMING COVE 
A New York City musician rents a historic farmhouse at the Virginia Eastern Shore, where odd things start occurring. Though the hot groundskeeper tries to protect her, is she really safer in his arms? 

** Buy all three stories together and save $$$! ** 

Praise for Ginny Baird Paranormal Ghost Romance 

The Ghost Next Door (A Love Story) 
"The twist at the end took me by surprise! Great job to the author!" ~ Melinda Burchett 
"A fine suspense and you just won't believe how it ends." ~ Barbara Baker 
"This is a mind bender! Very well done!" ~ Sandra D. Griffin 

The Light at the End of the Road 
"Wow. I mean, WOW. This is not your normal romance..." ~ Anita Slaugh 
"Ms. Baird has again exceeded any expectations." ~ Dianna Plano 
"New, refreshing twists and turns." ~ Anna Gibson 

The House at Homecoming Cove 
"A spellbinding tale...filled with exquisite prose." ~ Nina Soltwedel 
"Just the right balance of suspense and romance." ~ Dawn Pearson 
"Hauntingly beautiful." ~ Marjorie Roberts 
Come home this Christmas to...
CHRISTMAS TOWN, TENNESSEE
Where everyday dreams come true!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird continues her heartwarming holiday series...

THE DOCTOR ORDERS CHRISTMAS
(Christmas Town, Book 4)

Christmas Town doctor Kurt Christmas has loved high school guidance counselor Savannah Livingston his entire life. While he's had plenty of opportunity to meet beautiful and accomplished women, playboy bachelor Kurt hasn't become seriously interested in any of them. He still pines for the stunning redheaded rebel with emerald-green eyes, who took his breath away at sixteen. When Kurt and Savannah reconnect in Tennessee at Savannah's sister's wedding, that old flame reignites and Kurt finds himself hoping for a brand new start. Yet Savannah's current circumstances in Miami threaten to hold her at bay. If Kurt could write a prescription for anything, it would be to win Savannah's heart. But will love be enough to conquer the secrets that stand between them?



EXCERPT

"Savannah, please." The words were a tender petition. "Don't go."

"Kurt, I..." She inhaled deeply, gathering her resolve. "We," she said more firmly. Though her composure was a farce. "We've got nothing to talk about."

"You know I don't believe that. There's a lot more to say, starting with why..." 

Kurt stepped an inch closer and the front of his tuxedo shirt grazed her back. Due to the sweltering heat, he'd removed his bow tie and jacket the moment the photo session ended.

"That was ages ago," Savannah said, even though in her heart it seemed like only yesterday.

"That doesn't mean it doesn't matter.""We were kids, Kurt."

"That's what others saw," he said hoarsely. "Not the truth that we knew."

"I don't want that truth anymore."

"Don't you...?" His arms slid around her, and Savannah's breath hitched. Kurt was better looking now than he ever was. He stood just over six feet tall with a solid buff frame, and dark blond hair offsetting his rugged features. "Carter tells me that you and James are no longer together."

"That's my business," she said unconvincingly. "Not yours."

"I could make it mine, if you'd let me..."


Copyright © 2017 Ginny Baird

A single mom and her teenage daughter move next to a spooky old house, and the small-town sheriff comes to their aid.


THE GHOST NEXT DOOR

When destiny takes a hand...
You've got to hold on tight.

When single mom Elizabeth Jennings gets sent to a new town to revamp its weekly paper, she resists. Her daughter Claire is just fifteen, and has recently started high school. But Elizabeth's boss insists, so the two pack up and move to the tiny Virginia town, which isn't even on most maps. Their luck goes from bad to worse when they discover the house Elizabeth rented online cozies up to an abandoned house. When creepy things start occurring next door, Elizabeth's glad to have the small-town sheriff in their corner. Nathan Thorpe is not just a stand-up guy they can trust, he's cool to have around when things go bump in the night. Elizabeth also learns he's good at holding her tight. And, when she's wrapped in his arms, she becomes afraid of more than ghostly happenings. She fears she's losing her heart.

Like most folks in Blayton, Nathan Thorpe is here for a reason. Only, he didn't fully understand what that reason was until a stunning brunette and her daughter came to town. Nathan's immediately drawn to Elizabeth and feels motivated to protect her and Claire, believing that means shielding them from nonsensical small-town lore. With Halloween approaching, there are rumors swirling about concerning the old Fenton place located across the street from the graveyard, and next to the newer home occupied by the Jennings. Nathan's a calm thinker who can find a rational explanation for almost anything. Yet there are deeper mysteries in Blayton than Nathan can explain. When he learns the truth, will he still be able to hold onto the woman he loves?

A sweet, traditional PG-rated romance.Short contemporary length, approximately 50,000 words.

If you enjoy this story, check out Ginny's paranormal romantic suspense, The Light at the End of the Road.

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