Santa Fe Fortune

Winter Wedding Press
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Gwen's got ten days to raise twenty thousand dollars in cash. Can she rope a rancher in the ride?

 "A cute, light read with quite a few touches of humor." 
~ InD'Tale Magazine


Some things are worth more than money...

North Carolina artist Gwendolyn Marsh is on a New Mexico mission. She's got ten days to raise twenty thousand dollars in cash. In financial straits herself and hoping to help her sister, Gwen's determined to bring monetary relief fast. What Gwen doesn't bank on is getting the utterly handsome and irresistible Dan Holbrook in the bargain. Still recovering from a failed first marriage, Gwen's not sure she'll ever love again. Can a midnight ride in the desert convince her to change her mind?
Billionaire bachelor Dan Holbrook is an outdoorsy man who knows how to behave in polite company. So when his sister Nancy asks him to run her Santa Fe gallery while she's away, Dan thinks he'll have no trouble manning the store. That is, until Ms. Gwendolyn Marsh blows into town like a wild, west wind, upending his world with her womanly ways. Dan's heart hasn't healed from its last disaster. Can he risk opening himself up to hurt a second time?

He moved nearer now, his mouth just inches away. "I'll be damned if I don't want to kiss you," he said, his voice a husky rasp. 
And she'd be damned if she didn't want him to. "Dan..." she said, tilting up her chin and closing her eyes.
"But I won't," he said, snapping her back to attention, eyes open. "Not now. Not here. Not like this..."
She started to speak as he brought his fingers to her lips. "If ever I've seen a woman who deserves to be kissed well, it's you. But the timing has got to be right. You have to be sure." He cast a cursory glance at her wedding band and backed away. "I need to be sure. Something tells me we've both gone down a path neither of us wants to travel again..."

A sweet, traditional PG-rated romantic comedy.
Short contemporary category-length, approximately 50,000 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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Winter Wedding Press
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Mar 30, 2012
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Jess travels to Madrid on a business deal, but wakes up married to a matador instead! 

Was it really a mistake?

"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


New York telecommunications expert Jessica Bloom has never quite gotten things right. She's failed at relationships, and only believes herself to have moved ahead at work due to dumb luck. Her fortunes change when she flies to Madrid on an acquisitions deal -- but wakes up married to a matador instead! While she's held a burning attraction to her handsome business adversary for months, she never dreamed she'd make such an enormous split-second decision. Surely, this is a mistake they can both get undone? Her new husband, however, has plans to the contrary...

Fernando Garcia de la Vega runs a telecommunications firm poised for a US takeover. What Fernando doesn't expect, is its beautiful International Division head also capturing his heart. Descended from a long line of bullfighters, Fernando stands to inherit the family's lucrative estate, if he meets the criteria in his grandfather's will and marries by age thirty-two. Yet, a marriage of convenience was something Fernando was loathe to consider... until now. When the fates conspire to put the right woman in the right place -- at the right time, how can Fernando deny his destiny? His only problem lies in convincing Jessica to remain his bride.

Fernando sighed, worry lines creasing his brow. "You're terribly angry with me, aren't you?"

"It takes two to tango, Fernando. I'm not saying all of this is your fault. I played a part in what happened yesterday too."

He turned toward her with a penetrating look. "That's what I don't understand. Why did you?"

Jess felt a lurch of emotion as he dissected her with his earnest green gaze. "I...don't know."

He leaned toward her with a husky whisper. "Oh, but I think you do."

He drew nearer, his mouth hovering over hers. Jess cursed herself for so badly wanting his kiss. His kisses had been so tantalizing last night, they'd made her lose all sense of reason. And it wasn't just the way he'd held her. When he'd looked deep in her eyes and said that one thing, she'd inexplicably believed him as she had no man before."Why did you?"

Fernando reached out and cupped her chin in his hand. "Because, querida, when I saw you standing there in that garden, with that beautiful smile on your lips, I knew with a certainty that I'd have to claim them. That I wouldn't rest until I made you mine."

"It was a simple sexual attraction."

"There was nothing simple about it," he said, brushing his lips to hers.

Jess closed her eyes as her heart stilled. She couldn't let herself do this, but she couldn't stop herself either. His masculine scent washed over her as she felt his palm press into the small of her back. 

"Jessica," he said, resting his forehead on hers. "When I tell you the truth about this morning, I don't want you to believe that anything last night was a lie." 

And then to prove it, he kissed her deeply, with a skill and a passion that made her lose grip of her wine, sending the contents of her cup sloshing sideways."Your sister's riding pants," she said, nearly breathless.

"They'll wash," he said, tenderly stroking her thigh.

"Fernando," Jess gasped, pulling back. "We can't."

He studied her a thoughtful moment as she gazed at him wide-eyed.

"Then we won't," he said with a quick peck on her lips.

She shivered involuntarily in spite of herself. This man had a way of completely undoing her.

"We'll have a little something to eat first." He pulled several small bundles from his bag, along with a small knife and a cutting board.

"While we talk?"

"Of course," he said, handing her a napkin for her slacks. "Then afterwards, I'll let you decide."

"Decide what?"

Fernando shot her a sexy grin as he refilled her wine.

"Whether or not I'm the husband of your dreams."

Editorial Reviews

"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words

"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens

"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog

"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews


Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.

The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.

But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

 *~* New in 2017*~* 

A Holiday Brides Series Bonus Book 

Jingle Bell Babies 
(Holiday Brides Book 6) 
A bachelor finds a pair of twins on his doorstep on Christmas morning, then is even more stunned to learn from a pretty social worker that the baby girls, Mary and Bryte, have him listed on county paperwork as their father. A sweet and poignant tale about accepting the gifts of the season. 

The Christmas Catch (Book 1) 
The Holiday Bride (Book 2) 
Mistletoe in Maine (Book 3) 
Beach Blanket Santa (Book 4) 
Baby, Be Mine (Book 5) 
Jingle Bell Babies (Book 6) 

Christmas Day delivers 
Santa’s sweetest surprise! 

Emergency room physician Mark Holiday thinks he’s seen just about everything life can deliver. That is, until twin baby girls land on his doorstep on Christmas morning. At a loss to explain where these babies came from, Mark’s even more perplexed to learn from a pretty social worker that county paperwork lists him as Mary and Bryte’s dad. Though he long ago gave up believing in Santa, Mark can’t shake the niggling feeling that Old Saint Nick had something to do with this special delivery. Especially since it leads Mark to meeting the woman of his dreams. 

Feisty social worker Natalie Church is sick to death of deadbeat dads. She certainly can’t believe a guy would deny his own kids at Christmas! But the more Natalie gets to know Mark Holiday, the more she starts to wonder if his story is for real. When the pair becomes stuck at Mark’s house during a blustery snowstorm, Natalie and Mark are forced to work together to care for the twins, while trying to solve the mystery of their unexpected arrival. As the holidays unfold, new facts emerge—exposing Mark and Natalie’s minds to new possibilities. Will the magic of the season help them open up their hearts as well?

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.


"A fantastic second-chance romance about a snowy accident that becomes a can't-miss love story!" ~ Kindle Fire Department, November 23, 2013

"I laughed so hard I cried not once but three times!" ~ Amazon Reader Spktme

"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

"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

"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


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.  
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!  
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.  
Jess flies to Madrid on an acquisitions deal but wakes up married to a matador! A fresh and flirty romp.
 If you liked the HOLIDAY BRIDES, get ready for the SUMMER GROOMS...

THE WEDDING WISH (Summer Grooms Book 3)

Two old childhood sweethearts meet again years later and rekindle their romance. A sweet romantic comedy about finding love with the one you've always wanted.

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

Dare to dream...
Sometimes dreams come true!

Robert Reed was the first man Isabel dreamed she would marry. He was also the first guy to break her heart. Of course, they'd both been kids at the time, and Robert couldn't help that his family moved away. Sixteen years later, Isabel is stunned to see Robert strolling across the university campus where she's studying for her Masters in Art. Robert's equally surprised to see her. All grown up and in his second year of medical school, drop-dead gorgeous Robert has every bit the ability to tug at Isabel's heartstrings that he did all those years ago. As they rekindle their friendship, old feelings resurface and Isabel finds herself getting swept away. But what she doesn't know about Robert's past can hurt her, and his secret threatens to drive them apart.

When Robert sees Isabel Miller for the first time in years, he can't believe the incredible déjà vu. As an adult woman, she's even more beautiful than he recalls, but her personality and sweet southern accent are just as winning as they've always been. When Robert starts falling fast, he has to work extra hard to resolve some external complications. For there's nobody he wants staying in his life more than Isabel. She's the first girl that he loved, and someone he vowed long ago to hold on to forever. If it's possible the fates can grant him a second chance, Robert's determined to take it. All he needs is for Isabel to believe that love can come again. And when it does, and it's the mature kind, anything is possible for two old childhood sweethearts meeting in the heat of summer.

Before Isabel knew it, Robert had led her through the shadows and up upon a flat-topped rock overlooking the city. An array of lights twinkled below as warm summer breezes blew. Isabel caught her breath at the sight. "It's beautiful."
"Yeah." Robert drew his arm around her and held her close. "I used to spend a lot of time up here as a kid. Thinking."
"Oh? What did you think about?" She turned toward him.
"You, mostly."
"All right, maybe I didn't have the guts to tell you then, but I'm man enough to own it now..." His eyes sparkled in the faint glow of lights from the distant city. "I had the most unbearable crush on this pretty, blonde-haired girl."
Isabel felt her face warm. "That's funny," she said, looking up at him. "The feeling was mutual."
"Yeah." She turned toward the view, avoiding his gaze. "I cried for weeks after you left. Did you know that? Weeks and weeks. Really. I think you were the first man to totally break my heart."
He reached up and gently stroked her cheek. "If it had been up to me, I never would have gone."
"I know," she said quietly.
They both stood staring at the view as warm summer winds rippled around them.
"You want to stay for a while?" he asked. "Just sit here with me?"
"I'd like that."
And so they stayed, and they talked. And then they talked some more over old times and all the fun they used to have until they finally ran out of words, and the sun broke over the horizon.
A sweet, traditional PG-rated romantic comedy.
Standard novella-length, approximately 20,000 words.
 From bestselling author Ginny Baird, the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! 
The Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1 - 4), a magical, heartwarming collection of holiday love stories. 


The Christmas Catch (Book 1) 
"Holiday romance at its best. This will warm you up on a cold winter night. Christine is trying to learn to move on after she lost her husband in the war and was left raising their son. Thanks to her pushy best friend Ellen she ends up spending the holiday in Vermont where it turns out her future awaits. Loved it." ~ All Night Books 

The Holiday Bride (Book 2) 
"A sweet beautiful Christmas story of love, home, family and the power of believing with all your heart that wishes can come true whether you're five or nearly 40." ~ ECH 

Mistletoe in Maine (Book 3) 
"Excellent story of how friendship turns to a wonderful romance. Well written and a fun read. Another Ginny Baird super read." ~ B. Biddle 

Beach Blanket Santa (Book 4) 
"I fell in love with the book from the first page... I would recommend this book and author to anyone looking for a good love story." ~ Tracey 

This Volume Contains: 

(Books 1 - 4) 


A struggling single mom meets a handsome bachelor in Vermont, after running him off the road during a snowstorm. A sweet, romantic tale about fate and second chances. Set in snowy Vermont! 

A child asks for a new mommy for Christmas, and--much to her bachelor dad's surprise--Santa delivers. A sweet traditional romance and classic amnesia story, with a holiday twist! 

A single mom takes her kids on vacation in Maine and meets a handsome innkeeper, a young widower with a teenage son. A winter wonderland love story about faith and new beginnings. 

A couple with a past spends an unexpected, yet magical, Christmas week together at the shore, where serendipity abounds. Take a sweet, sentimental journey to the North Carolina Outer Banks... 
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