Special Delivery: A Valentine's Short Story

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 SPECIAL DELIVERY (A Valentine's Short Story)

Sometimes gifts of the heart are the best gifts of all...


All Amanda Holiday wants is for her husband to come home for Valentine's Day. She's expecting their first baby, but her husband Luke - a US Navy fighter pilot - is half the world away. So Amanda determines to get through her childbirth alone with the help of a trusted good friend. When a raging snowstorm hits, complications ensue. Will Amanda's strength see her through? And can Luke stay out of harm's way? It may all depend on the power of love to achieve a happy ending.
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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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Dec 28, 2013
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49
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9780989589253
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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** Book 1 in the New York Times Bestselling Series ** 


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 about fate and second chances. Set in snowy Vermont! 

HOLIDAY BRIDES SERIES
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)

THE CHRISTMAS CATCH
Sometimes the best gifts are unexpected...

Since the death of her military husband two years ago, single mom Christine White has struggled to get by. By throwing herself into her work as a Chicago copywriter, she's managed to keep food on the table but has gradually lost sight of what really matters, like building a bond with her four-year-old son. When Christine's best friend insists she spend Christmas in Vermont so she can get her life in order, Christine initially resists. Little does she know she's in for a memorable holiday that will reignite her faith and reawaken her heart.

Bachelor professor John Steadman has given up on finding the right one. Spending time with his friends while keeping up with his job seems satisfying enough. Then one day close to Christmas, a beautiful woman from Chicago nearly runs him off the road during a snowstorm. What's more, she's got a kid in her car. It's only natural that John and his trusty golden retriever want to help drag them out of a ditch and steer them toward their destination. What John doesn't expect is that soon he'll be hoping Christine and her son will be staying in Vermont - for more than just a little while.

A sweet, traditional PG-rated romantic comedy.
Standard novella-length, approximately 25,000 words.
 USA Today Bestselling author, Lexy Timms, bring you sexy, sweet romance that'll have you day-dreaming about  handsome cowboys all day... 

He has no shame.

Dylan Hill is a born and bred country boy from Kansas. He’s never had much use for big cities or fast living.

He definitely feels like a fish out of water when he hits New York City, looking for his childhood sweetheart. But it seems Maisy Dee Fowler has made quite a few changes since she left home, starting with her name. Somehow this sweet country girl has become Morvared—model for the sexiest underwear line in the country. Forget college. She’s on her way up and has no time to screw anyone who isn’t going to further her career.

The snow is driving down as Dylan leaves the apartment of his lady love, wanting to erase the images of his naked sweetheart in the arms of another man. He finds himself in Times Square. And it’s just his luck his cheating girlfriend is on every billboard. In all her glory.

Hard as nails agency executive Bailey O’Brien can’t take her eyes off what has got to be the sweetest male perfection she’s ever laid eyes on: Dylan, standing in the falling snow with his head tilted back, wearing a denim jacket and jeans, a cowboy hat clutched in one hand. Acting on impulse she slams out of her cab into the blizzard, snaps a picture, and tells him he should be a model.

More specifically, HER male model. 

Dylan thinks the fiery redhead is crazy. But there’s something appealing in what she’s offering. What if there’s a way to beat one spoiled little supermodel at her own game? Revenge is only a contract away—and how hard could it be to pose for a few pictures? Impulsively he signs, having no idea that he’s just given himself, body, and soul, to a woman he barely knows.

MODEL MAYHEM SERIES

Shameless

Modesty

Imperfection

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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
Grace Kendall knows what it’s like to have life knock you on your butt. She’s been through hell and made it back. She’s fine with trusting no one and expecting nothing until a night wind blows something quite unexpected onto her doorstep in the rain.

 

The scruffy, yet gorgeous enigma known as Nathan Henley steps inside her apartment and brings with him all those feelings Grace has tried so hard to tuck safely away. Beneath his bruised and damaged exterior, she senses all the dark and beautiful secrets lost within the tarnished diamond of his lonely heart.

She resists his mystery as long as she can, but she knows that any woman would gladly throw themselves against his rock hard chest and shatter helplessly into a million lustful pieces.

When Grace finally decides to trust again, her ex-boyfriend Jack returns to her life with his crooked grin and the past comes crashing down. With the world spinning all around her, Grace must do more than trust, she must fight for the salvation of her own lonely heart.

 

NEW & EXPANDED 2016 EDITION – IT INCLUDES THE PREQUEL NATE AND A BRAND NEW EPILOGUE!

 

*New Adult, Contemporary Romance. Standalone. No Cliffhanger.*

Books in the EVERLASTING SERIES (interconnected, stand-alone books):

NATE (Prequel)
BEAUTIFUL RUIN
MAGNIFICENT RUIN
JESSE'S GIRL
SAVING GRACE
EVERLASTING RUIN (Coming soon) 


Keywords: new adult, romantic suspense, bad boy, alpha male, friends to lovers, everlasting series, male model, romance suspense, steamy romance, contemporary, mob, mafia, secrets, Tomas Keller, Nate, urban, holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, free, free read


** Book 1 in the New York Times Bestselling Series ** 


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 about fate and second chances. Set in snowy Vermont! 

HOLIDAY BRIDES SERIES
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)

THE CHRISTMAS CATCH
Sometimes the best gifts are unexpected...

Since the death of her military husband two years ago, single mom Christine White has struggled to get by. By throwing herself into her work as a Chicago copywriter, she's managed to keep food on the table but has gradually lost sight of what really matters, like building a bond with her four-year-old son. When Christine's best friend insists she spend Christmas in Vermont so she can get her life in order, Christine initially resists. Little does she know she's in for a memorable holiday that will reignite her faith and reawaken her heart.

Bachelor professor John Steadman has given up on finding the right one. Spending time with his friends while keeping up with his job seems satisfying enough. Then one day close to Christmas, a beautiful woman from Chicago nearly runs him off the road during a snowstorm. What's more, she's got a kid in her car. It's only natural that John and his trusty golden retriever want to help drag them out of a ditch and steer them toward their destination. What John doesn't expect is that soon he'll be hoping Christine and her son will be staying in Vermont - for more than just a little while.

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