Monday, April 21, 2014

Nicole Dunlap Book List

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Interview with Nicole Dunlap
When did you begin your writing journey? 
I can remember being in my mom’s busted-up car when I was about five years old. We didn’t have a radio. I started out singing–unfortunately, I was no Alicia Keys. So I dabbled in story telling while my mom drove from Long Beach to do the “kiddy exchange” with my father who lived in San Bernardino. Over the years I’ve always had a few stories going on in my head at one time or another. After I got a Masters in Educational Counseling and couldn’t find a job--eeek! I decided to try my hand at self publishing.

What are you hoping readers take from your book? 
Kill Mary Jane Doe is a loaded book full of questions and misunderstandings. The biggest take away is the issue of self-identity. Without having a solid sense of self, people end up feeling lost and being unable to cope with issues. It doesn’t matter that the book takes life’s problems to the max, but Mary Jane had to come to terms with parts of herself that she did or did not like. 

What inspired you to write this book? KILL MARY JANE DOE
To be honest, as a counselor I’ve dealt with a lot of issues. In the inner city of Southern California, either you have a heart for the students that you counsel or you turn off. And then there is letting your heart bleed. Listening to stories about high school students who go home to find that their houses have been empty and their parents are gone is depressing. Counseling young women who are abused by their boyfriends, or young men who turn to gangs for friendship can really take a toll. So Kill Mary Jane Doe is my form of coping with life. It’s raw, gritty and life in its ugliest form. It also deals with relationships, sibling rivalry and other counseling that I’ve conducted. 

What is the best advice you have received about writing? 
Gosh, I’ve been a sponge trying to soak it all. One of the pearls of wisdom that stays with me is to “put your characters in conflict”. Yes, my poor characters go through levels of drama that I don’t wish on my worst nightmare. Watching my characters try to climb out of the abyss has kept the pages turning. No writers block for me, at least not yet.

Are you an avid or occasional reader? If so, what is your favorite genre of books? 
I’m an avid reader. My favorite is drama and romance, but just about every genre can hook me; it all depends on my mood or the season. I find myself gravitating toward a good love story in the summer months and a suspense or mystery in the wintertime. If my husband is sitting next to me watching football or some other sport, I don’t mind reading about vampires and werewolves.

Nicole Dunlap holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Child Development, and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. She works for social services. She has been self dubbed the “gumbo genre” novelist, because books shouldn’t be lightly seasoned… The Shaw Family Saga pays homage to dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships, with well developed characters that readers can root for; love them, hate them, cry for, and most of all, yearn to flip through the pages to the end of that character’s journey. Her latest psychological thriller, Kill Mary Jane Doe, takes on whole new aspect of writing. It includes dysfunctional relationships, the occasional sociopath, and enough action to make you wonder if she has multiple personality disorder.
Kill Mary Jane Doe
Mary Jane isn't sure who she is. She refuses to believe she's just a stripper at the Petting Zoo. She knows one thing for sure, she can only trust herself. Not the big handsome Jake and not the good looking Officer Dwight Daniels. She can take care of herself. Whoever she really is.

This book will have you turning the virtual pages as quickly as you can read to find out what happens next. Who can you trust? Who is Mary Jane Doe? And what has made her so cruel?
 **Sexual content, language and violence
The Shaw Family Saga
Book 1: Miss Nobody
This story begins with Charlene Shaw. As a fifteen year old girl she leaves Bellwood, North Carolina to go to Hollywood. Things don’t quite go as planned on her first attempt. She gives birth to a daughter and then leaves her behind for others to raise so she can once again continue on the road to become somebody. Charlene walks through life feeling like a failure, unworthy to be loved, to afraid to trust, guilt for leaving her baby and other secrets from her past that continually haunt her.

Raven, Charlene’s daughter, is equally a part of the story. We see her life growing up in Bellwood with her grandparents and her best friend Jon. As the years go by we see Raven grow up and deal with rumors in her small town. Her grandparents have removed any part of her mother from their home and refuse to speak of her but as Raven gets older it becomes more important for her to find out why she was so unwanted.

This was such a good book. The characters are so realistic and easy to connect with, their life experiences took my emotions through the ringer. The reader has a clear picture at the end of this book on how Charlene is doing but there are unanswered questions as far Raven’s life, and the reader will have to wait for the next book to find those answers. Definitely a series I’ll look forward to, Kleenex in hand.
**Sensual situations and language
Book 2: Miss Scandalous
Book Blurb:
A mother’s love vs. A daughter’s revenge. 
Charlene Shaw has gone through hell. She was raped and left for dead, yet she continued on her quest for fame. She’s a beautiful, desired actress who has found her Mr. Wright. According to the magazine headlines, her life is perfect. There’s just one thing her heart cries for…her daughter, Raven. This might be her hardest challenge yet–building the mother-daughter bond she’s prayed so hard for. Raven Shaw has been abandoned by love. Her mom preferred Hollywood and her childhood best-friend, now ex-lover, disappeared when she became pregnant. Now, she’s adjusted to a “new” kind of love…motherhood. She’s determined that her daughter will have everything she didn’t. The only thing she wants for herself is revenge, even if it means disconnecting from a small piece of her heart that still cares. Raven’s acts of rage slither into her mindset, overpowering her in the form of nightmares and delusions of skeletons long dead. After Raven’s scandalous ways, can Charlene mend Raven’s heart or will she be pulled down into the abyss? And then, there’s always the option, Charlene can get a little scandalous too…

My Review:
Miss Scandalous by Nicole Dunlap
The Shaw Family Saga Book 2
This books starts out about four years after Miss Nobody ends. Raven Shaw is raising her daughter, Royael, with Granny Annette. Raven is still full of anger and revenge. It’s hard for her to get past having a friendship with any guy because she always compares them to Jon Dubois. And there are the nightmares because of the crime she committed and has to live with.

Charlene has been clean all this time and is going to marry Damien Wright. She still lives with the guilt of leaving Raven and continues to desire a relationship with her daughter. She is building a relationship with her mother for the first time in twenty some years but even though Raven talks with Damien, they still have a long road ahead of them.

Jon Dubois is the poster boy for his grandfather’s hotels. Rich and living the life. Thinking all those years ago that Raven aborted their child, he seems to have left all of that behind him. But the past never stays buried.

So many lies and deceit twine within the lives of the characters. And they believed them all these years. Nicole writes so much emotion in her books that if she don’t have the reader crying with a character then she might have you wanting to jump in the book and pound on someone. It really shows that when unforgiveness and anger is kept inside, it’s the person holding onto it that is damaged most. I find myself on an emotional roller-coaster along with them because so many of the issues are real life. Which to me speaks of the incredible talent of this author. I highly recommend reading Miss Nobody first so that you can have the clear picture of what is happening in Charlene and Raven’s lives.
**Sensual situations and language

Book 3: Miss Perfect
Book Blurb:
Their desire for perfection will be… shattered
Charlene Shaw embodies perfection as a highly-acclaimed actress. Within her gilded walls of beauty, she is scrambling to save her daughter, Raven, from sins she can’t even fathom. This is her self-imposed curse for abandoning Raven as a child.
Raven Shaw is captivatingly gorgeous but burdened by a closet of skeletons. After a rough childhood, she is finally living life. Jon, her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved, has returned. Yet, a stalker looms just out of reach, blackmailing her for Jon’s fortune. She’d do anything to keep this man–even if it means turning to another… Mysterious, handsome Tyriq may have the key to erase her deepest, darkest secrets forever. Yet, this savior might threaten her mind’s rationale of “happily ever after” with Jon.
In this intense third installment of the Shaw Family Saga there will be blood, murder, and a beloved …will be shattered.

My Review:
Raven Shaw continues on her journey. Knowing her real father was one of the really bad guys. Her mind continues to torment her as she wonders if she could be sick like he was. She battles to keep her life anchored for her baby if nothing else, a constant battle.

Jon is doing is best for Raven, not an easy chore. Especially when his grandfather and mother still believe that she is not the right girl for him.

Charlene continues to struggle with her past as well. Even with a man who loves her to distraction, Damien. The constant guilt of not being there for Raven as a child and the battle of always wanting to hide behind the bottle to escape.

Be prepared for yet another emotional upheaval as you follow the Shaw women. Their lives could be much easier if they would share their problems instead of hiding them, but trust don’t come easy for these ladies.
Book 4: Shattered Imperfections
The final chapter is about to close on the Shaw women. Will they finally get their lives going the right way and win their men back or will the mistakes from their younger days continue to haunt them forever? The previous book, Miss Perfect, left off with Raven missing on her wedding day, that is where this story begins.

Nicole Dunlap takes the reader on one last drama filled journey with these women. Raven and Jon still have a tough road to travel to meet on even ground. Obstacles such as Detective Tyriq Tate, federal investigations and Jon's family continue to mess with their lives. And yet they also are bound together by Royael, Noah and their own childhood love that continues to hold on.

Damien and Charlene are divorced after their three year marriage. They have their daughter Trinity to think of though. They have faced a rocky road in the past no thanks to Charlene's on screen co-star Miquel Sanchez and their careers. She overcame alcohol and drug addiction, is there any way back to her ex-husband's heart?

Granny Annette Shaw is fighting off an attraction to another resident at her retirement home, Greg. How can she ever love another after her life with Otis? The young Royael even has issues, since her daddy has come into her life, she has become a very spoiled little rich girl. Gone are the thrift store days and hello Tiffany's.

Strap yourself in and hold on tight because this book will take your emotions on one last roller coaster ride as the Shaw women and the men they love have this one last chance to make things right.
**Sexual situations and language
Multi-Author Books
Just Between Us
Just Between Us there is a determination to reminisce and reveal all that once crippled our lives. You are invited to share in this short story collection of TM Brown, Tamika Christy, Nicole Dunlap, Selena Haskins, Janice Ross and Adrienne Thompson. These stories are all real, no work of fiction can match the emotional expressions displayed in this heartfelt collection of inspirational stories.

Nancy Warren Book List

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Interview with Nancy Warren
What is the strangest real life situation that is in one of your stories?
The strangest and absolutely the most fun was interviewing NASCAR superstar Carl Edwards for Speed Dating, the Harlequin book that launched the series. Carl and I launched the series at the Daytona 500 and it was really fun to ask the (then single) hunk about love and marriage. Frankly, I thought he was a great catch!

Have you traveled to do research for your books?
I really like to go to the places where my books are set. There is no way to replace the smell of a city or the unique turns of phrase that people use. Towns have personalities like people do. The farthest I traveled was to Australia for Bad Boys Down Under, and, frankly, sometimes making up a setting means I can do whatever I like without worrying about accuracy!

Do you enjoy reading your own stories?
NEVER. Hell for me would be being forced to read my own books. Once they are published I don't want to look back at them or I'll want to rewrite everything.

Any advice for those who are just starting out?
You got into this crazy business because you love books. Hold onto that joy while writing. If you can do that, you've got it nailed. 

Are you sad to end a series and leave the characters behind?
Yes. They become such a part of my life. This latest series I wrote for Harlequin Blaze features three hockey playing buddies who have a bet to see who will be the last bachelor standing. I fell in love with those guys and was truly sorry to say goodbye to them. 

What is your go-to snack?
Trader Joe's salted caramels. I'm horribly addicted to the point where I eat them long after I start feeling sick.  It's a constant battle between the toffees and my dental fillings. I'M not sure how long the fillings can hold out…
Take a Chance Series
Book 1: Kiss a Girl in the Rain
Evan Chance has it all, or does he? He's in a top law firm, dating a beautiful woman and he has plenty of money. What else is there? When his mom sends a birthday card that includes his “bucket list” from when he was twelve, it haunts him a bit. How could he be so successful at almost thirty-five years old and not have accomplished some of the simple things on this list? Where did all the time go? And when something happens to someone he cares deeply's like a wake-up call to start living.

Doctor Caitlyn Sorenson lives in the tiny town of Miller's Pond. Most days it's great to know all your neighbors. Other times it can drive you crazy that they know every time you fart. One of those times is when the darkly handsome biker dude passes through town. Kind of hard to escape the eyes of the town when they do not want to lose their only doctor in town, and have hopes of her marrying the chief of police.

This was such a good story that it was hard to set down until the end. Evan's troubles start with an ugly dog that soon grabs the reader's heart. Sometimes life is so busy while we chase endless dreams...that it's easy to miss what is right in front of us. I'm not sure what the second book will be about at this time, but I'm definitely excited to read more in this series.
**Sexual content
Book 2: Iris in Bloom
Iris Chance, the owner of Sunflower Coffee and Tea Company should feel complete. But as her thirty-third birthday inches up on her, so does some panic. She wants a baby, a family would be great but Hidden Falls isn't exactly brimming over with eligible bachelors. There is the new English teacher but he seems to be carrying some baggage of his own.

Geoff McLeod was thankful for the mid year teaching position he found at Jefferson High. When his wife chose to leave him, he wanted to get out of LA, away from her. The small, quiet Oregon town seems a good place to be. And for a man not wanting to get divorced, after meeting the local coffee shop owner, he finds it can't happen soon enough.

Welcome back to Oregon and the Chance family. In the first book Kiss a Girl in the Rain, we meet Evan, the second oldest of eleven children. Some are natural born, others were adopted. When they hit sixteen, they can ask Jack and Daphne which they are. Some choose to, others do not. This is another great addition to this series. Looking forward to more.
**Sexual content
Changing Gears 
 Fast Ride Novella
Nell Tennant needed to get away from the fast pace of LA. What better place to go then Harleyville, Kansas to stay with her great aunt Gertie Hopkins. After a scare for the biker gang in town goes wrong, Nell and Gertie end up with a wounded biker in the house who can't remember anything. Accept that he thinks Nell is his girlfriend.

Wes Doman doesn't like the man he is, whoever that is. He can't remember a thing about himself. He's not sure how he got such a great girlfriend considering he's a long haired, most likely criminal, biker who belongs to some nasty gang.

Gertie's anti-biker tactics aren't quite reliable it seems. Instead of getting rid of the nasty critters, she's stuck with one. This is a funny and sexual novella with a few surprises. **Previously published in Bad Boys on Board
**Sexual content and language

Wild Ride
Duncan Forbes is a professor and he's on sabbatical while he writes and searches for lost and stolen art. Following a lead on a long lost Van Gogh leads him to the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon...with the sexiest librarian he's ever seen.

Alexandra Forrest has an agenda. Now that her grandfather has passed away, she plans on finishing the details of writing his memoirs and packing up his home to sell. Then move to the big city to complete her life plan. One that definitely does not include the sexy stranger in her library.

Gillian Forrest Munn messed up her life big time as a teen and small towns don't forget. Now that her husband left her, she's alone again and only Officer Tom Perkins seems to really believe she has changed.

A dead body in the library in this quiet town changes everything. Things like this don't happen here. A steamy romance and murder mystery are only two of the happenings going on. Another page turner story.
**Strong sexual content and language
Crazy Ride
Emily Sargent inherited The Shady Lady Bed & Breakfast in the sleepy and unusual town of Beaverton, Idaho. A town full of eccentric people who care about one another. When a stranger comes to town, he stays at her B&B. A real paying customer instead of the two special women she inherited along with her inn.

Joe Montcrief is looking at property for a customer and cannot believe what he has fallen into. The oddest town full of loonies. A kleptomaniac, Napoleon, one woman pretending to be French and the mascot is a huge rat like creature. He can't wait to get back to Manhattan, accept for one thing. The innkeeper.

Another page turner from Nancy Warren. A mysterious man who owns Changing Gears in Harleyville and seems to have just that special motorcycle that can change your life. A town full of fun and unique people. And of course the outside corporate folks who see things as money, not as peaceful and beautiful. This little town may not have money but they are no match when it comes to saving Beaverton.

**sexual content and language
 Harlequin NASCAR Series
A Very NASCAR Holiday
All I Want For Christmas by Nancy Warren
Emily Littlejohn is doing her best for her ten year old son, Darren. When he lets his hopes rise at winning a trip to spend time with his favorite NASCAR driver, Emily tries to keep him grounded on his chances of winning. Her son don’t know that same driver was his mom’s high school crush, although she didn’t believe he even knew she existed.

Jason Bane enjoyed driving and fans but deep down, he was still just a hometown boy. After they chose a winner for the contest he noticed a letter from his hometown in Minnesota, when the picture fell out of a young boy and his mom he knew that they needed to be part of the prize package as well.
Heartwarming story on believing in Christmas miracles, especially when Santa is involved.
Racing Hearts Anthology
An Outside Chance – Nancy Warren
Lucy Vanderwal felt like a spinster on a shelf. Following the advice from a book for a last chance at love she ends up at Daytona week to meet a fellow NASCAR fan. It went all wrong with the guy she went there to meet, she’d been duped. Big time. Thank goodness for Sawyer Patton the rookie driver she accidentally meets. Her vacation isn’t a total loss after all, and maybe her love life isn’t either.
Speed Dating - Nancy Warren
Kendall Clarke was having a tough night when it should have been the best time of her actuary life. Instead her fiance gives her some bad news and breaks up with her and then she’s mistaken for a race car drivers date… his ex-wife’s wedding. Suddenly her boring world turns upside down, and she likes it.

Dylan Hargeave has been going through a tough patch with his racing, but his luck seemed to change with Kendall at his side. Her kisses seem to help him do well racing and being by his side keeps his ex-wife a safe distance away. Life is going well with her as his pretend girlfriend, and he does not even need to make any commitments, right?

The author takes the reader for an exciting ride in the NASCAR world. Real life driver, Carl Edwards even makes a few cameo appearances in the book. The characters were realistic enough that it’s easy to get irritated at a few of them and endeared to others. Great story. Turn Two has another Cameo with Carl Edwards and Dylan and Kendall return as well.
Turn Two - Nancy Warren
Taylor Robinson has just returned from Australia. It was time to get back to work. After a few tragedies she ran away from her marriage and everything else. The last thing she expected to find in her new PR job for a rookie in NASCAR was her ex-husband. No matter how far you run it seems life has a way of finding you.

Mike Lundquist had tried to forget the woman who ran away from him and left him to deal with their home and all the pieces of their broken marriage. Seeing her again let him know that he failed at putting her behind him. And now they’d be working closely in the NASCAR world, she needed to get her rookie in the news, and Mike was one of the main reporters she’d have to schmooze, he liked that idea.

Another great addition to the NASCAR series. This book continues where Speed Dating left off. Dylan and Kendall have an active part in this book as they continue their relationship. Carl Edwards makes another cameo appearance in this book as well.
Holiday Related eBooks
Let it Snow
When meteorologist Marisa Langley gets stuck in the cold with The Last Man She'd Ever Want to be Trapped with, survivalist cameraman Rob Sheridan, she can't begin to forecast how hot things are about to get between the two of them.
Unwrapping Santa
One overheard conversation plus one Secret Santa office party gift exchange equals two office workers who loathe each other by day and discover there's a lot to like outside office hours. Daniel Jarvis is the top salesmen for an aeronautics firm who looks at the big picture and hates picky details like say, keeping track of his expense receipts. Tara Ellison is the company accountant, and she likes things orderly, and balanced. Like Daniel's expense account for instance. It may be war for these two during the day, but it's something else by night. Unwrapping Santa is a fun, very sexy, holiday story.
The Christmas Grandma Ran Away From Home
 For every woman who's ever felt overwhelmed and under-appreciated at Christmas comes the story of a decent woman, a widowed grandmother, respected matriarch of a big, noisy family who snaps one holiday season and decides to run away for the holidays. Little does she realize what adventures are in store.

Long time widow Sandy Forbes is breaking out this Christmas. In her 71 years on earth she has stuffed and cooked 55 Christmas turkeys, baked hundreds of pies, turned out thousands of shortbread cookies and hoisted enough pine trees in her living room to reforest the Amazon.
Her family love her. They come to her for every occasion, eating, drinking, squabbling and then leaving her with a mass of dishes and crumpled holiday wrap. But this is the year everything changes. When she wants someone else to take over for one year, the family lays a big guilt trip on her and Grandma rebels. Sandy’s giving herself a gift this Christmas. She’s running away from home for the holidays.
The 12 Dates of Christmas
If Lucy Daniels doesn’t get a date for her over-achieving family’s Christmas dinner then her awful cousin Trevor has threatened to fix her up with his friend. A blind date for her own family’s Christmas dinner? As if! In desperation, she tells her mother she already has a date for the big family dinner. With six weeks to go, she figures she can squeeze in 12 dates to find the perfect man to impress her snobby family. Lucy learns a lot in 12 dates. About herself, her family, about love. 
Enjoy the ride with Lucy as she counts down her 12 Dates of Christmas to the biggest surprise of her life.
Her Valentine Fantasy
Book Blurb:
Tonight's sinful dessert special…Valentine's Fantasy
The tasty dish from Benedict restaurant is everything Jessica Lafayette could want… or crave. And it's not the dessert in front of her—it's her waiter. A guy with dark, intense eyes that suggest he wants to slowly lick whipped cream off her skin. A smile so wicked it makes her insides lava-cake gooey. And a too-hot-to-handle body that was meant to be tasted…

Yup, Sam The Waiter is better than chocolate.
But what Jessica doesn't know is that her one-night-waiter is actually Sam Benedict, Upscale Restaurateur. And that her little lie about being from out of town is going to turn into a Big Deal. Now Jessica is in deep hot chocolate… because her Valentine Fantasy is starting to look a lot like a red-hot reality!

My Review:
Sam Benedict is the owner of a restaurant that is taking Seattle by storm. He didn't mind playing the waiter when needed, like the night he met her. The woman at table 12 became more than a patron, more than a seat number. And he wanted her.

Jessica Lafayette set out to have good hot sex before Valentines Day. Her date was not going to be it. Especially after his disappearing act before the dessert even arrives. In her distress she leaves her room key instead of a credit card. Was it the worst or best mistake she ever made?

What starts out as a woman determined to have casual sex, just a one night stand, becomes much more. Sam and Jessica have both left out important facts about their lives and yet as they email back and forth they build a relationship. Something much stronger than just a night of pleasure.
**Sexual content
**Received through NetGalley for review
A Valentine from Harlequin: Six Degrees of Romance
Pulse Point by Nancy Warren
What if you gave six authors the same opening paragraph and let their imagination fly? That’s what we’ve done in A Valentine from Harlequin: Six Degrees of Romance!

Experience the variety Harlequin romance has to offer with this collection of novellas from six Harlequin series, including the passionate drama of Harlequin Presents, steamy encounters of Harlequin Blaze, spooky and sensual tales of Harlequin Nocturne, and more.

Collection includes novellas by Nancy Warren, Catherine Spencer, Margaret Moore, Maggie Shayne, Michele Hauf and Christine Bell.
Drive Me Crazy
In the town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon, things are heating up. Dead bodies and missing masterpieces, family secrets and dangerous threats, a man who likes to feel his way around a problem and a woman who likes being the problem -- it's all adding up to the kind of steamy sleuthing that might just lead one very sexy librarian and one rugged art recovery expert into danger of the most intimate kind.
Steamy Southern Nights
Every family has secrets; no one knows that better than history lecturer and amateur genealogist Lucy Charles. When Lucy travels from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to New Orleans to meet a branch of her family she's only recently found, she discovers one very sexy kissing cousin, antiques dealer Claude LeBlanc. There's also a mystery afoot that involves midnight meetings, missing jewels and an unexplained family fortune. Even as she falls for her distant cousin, she wonders if he's seduced her, along with the warm, steamy nights, right out of her mind.
eBook Series
A Romance in Four Seasons
Volume 1: Border Collie Christmas
When Erin Nash hears a baby crying outside her door on a cold December night, the baby she discovers is a lost puppy with a red, and very wet and dirty, Christmas bow still hanging around its neck. When she 

attempts to unite the dog with his owner, she meets Jarad a man trying to raise a-five-year old daughter, Sadie, alone. Jarad begins to rethink the wisdom of getting his daughter a puppy for Christmas. She’s 

already lost her mother, what if she lost the puppy as well? As Erin and Jarad get to know each other, one small Border Collie with a big personality and no name, begins to unite two hurting people.

Author’s guarantee: No dogs were harmed in the telling of this story. You will not fall in love with the dog only to find yourself sobbing over his little grave at the end. I promise! 
Volume 2: A Dog Named Cupid
Jared Gardiner has an engagement ring burning a hole in his pocket and Valentine's Day is the date he's chosen to propose to the woman he loves, jewelry designer Erin Nash. When the dog who brought them together, 

a puppy appropriately named Cupid, gets sprayed by a skunk, Jared discovers that's not the worst thing that can happen to a man on Valentine's Day. 

Erin Nash is in love with a wonderful man, has a design business that is thriving and realizes that after some tragedy in her life, she's found contentment. Trust a man to screw that up! Why can't Jared leave things as 

they are? Why does he have to propose and ruin everything?

When Jared's six-year-old daughter Sadie hears that Erin isn't going to be her stepmother after all, she decides to take matters into her own small hands. With some help from the canine Cupid.
Volume 3: A Midsummer Night's Wedding
It's summertime in the small town of Kaslo, Washington and Erin Nash and Jared Gardiner are getting married. It's only going to be a small wedding, forty guests, and a tiny wedding party: Erin, her step-daughter to 

be Sadie as the flower girl, Cupid the Border collie as the ring bearer and Jared and his best man. What could possibly go wrong? 

Erin might have ideas about her ceremony, but her mother has much bigger plans for her only daughter's wedding. If she can't move the wedding to the Waldorf Astoria in New York she'll do her best to bring a 

Waldorf type wedding to Kaslo including 150 extra guests.

Suddenly, Erin has a wedding planner she never hired, a husband-to-be acting strange, and she and Sadie are rewriting fairy tales about wicked stepmothers. 

You might as well come to the wedding too, everyone else is invited! Bring your sense of humor, a few tissues just in case and sit back and be part of A Midsummer Night's Wedding.
Tonie Diamond Mysteries
Frosted Shadow
There’s nothing pretty about murder.
Meet Toni Diamond, make up artist to middle America. She’s also got a nose for trouble and a passion for solving mysteries. Imagine Columbo in a lavender suit. She never met a woman who wouldn’t look better with a little help from the Lady Bianca line of cosmetics. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Underneath the fake diamonds and the big hair is a sharp brain and a keen eye that sees the details as well as the funny side of life. 

When a Lady Bianca sales rep is murdered at the annual convention in Dallas, Toni is the one who notices things that some people, like sexy Detective Luke Marciano, might easily miss. Only someone who understands as much about how to make appearances deceiving could see into the mind of this killer -- a murderer who wants to give Toni a permanent makeover. 
Into a dead woman.
Promises Made
His Secret - Her Baby. When busy accountant Vicky Harmon discovers she's pregnant, she couldn't be more shocked. She hasn't been within hand-shaking distance of anyone but a client in months. Except for that one 

night she can't remember very well. The only possible father of her baby is lawyer Ryan Kilpatrick. But how could he make love to her and never mention the fact? Vicky knows something, somewhere is terribly wrong.

Ryan Kilpatrick knows he's found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Vicky is smart, gorgeous and loyal. She's also the victim of a crime. He wants to protect her, but at what cost?
Last Bachelor Standing Series 
How long can three sexy single men hold out? 
Book 1: Game On
Book Blurb:
First up? Mr. No Commitment…Detective Adam Shawnigan. As you can see, ladies, he has the protective cop hero thing happening -- plus he's all gorgeous height, piercing dark eyes, sensuous mouth and lean hot body. But here comes sweet temptation…. 

Performance coach Serena Long is helping Adam prepare for his hockey league playoffs. As it turns out, he's also in a position to help out with her little stalker problem. It's quid pro quo, both in the bedroom and out. And now the bets -- and the bedroom games -- are on!

My Review:
Detective Adam Shawnigan has a pretty good life. Two lifetime friends who would do anything for him, a June Cleaver type mom and a great dad, what more could he want? His mom would say a wife, but he just made a bet with his friends to see which one of them could hold out as a bachelor the longest. What he could use was to win the hockey championship. And Max thinks a friend of his is just what Adam needs.

Serena Long has come a long way from her poor and embarrassing roots. She is a performance coach, helping people believe they can anything they set their mind to. Like her pro-bono case...teaching the big, hot, hunky cop not to crumble under the pressure of a hockey championship game. And then she gets a stalker who seems to want to destroy her confidence. Good thing she has Adam on her team.

This is so much more than a hot steamy romance, although it is that as well, it's also a suspense story with plenty of people who could be guilty. At one point it reminded me of the movie The Bodyguard, where the protection and fear of others escalated Serena's fear to the point of breaking. And then the moment you let you guard down...well, you should never let your guard down is all. This is the first of three books in the series. Looking forward to Max and Dylan's stories in Breakaway and Final Score.
**Sexual content and language
**Received through NetGalley for review
Book 2: Breakaway
Book Blurb:
Our next bachelor? Mr. Business-Before-Pleasure, Max Varo. He's a genius billionaire with the cojones to go after anything he wants--and win. Now this tempting man is disguised as a "pilot" while he checks out a small Alaskan airline he wants to buy. But he's about to meet his (very sexy) Waterloo.... 
Pilot Claire Lundstrom hasn't a clue that her family's struggling business is on the cusp of a takeover. What she does know is that she has some rather unbosslike lusty thoughts for Max. But Claire will have to convince him--in the most exquisite ways possible--that losing can be way more fun than winning.

My Review:
Billionaire Max Varo has more money than he could ever spend. His employees are good at their jobs and so loyal that they rarely need him. Basically, he's bored. Nothing challenges him anymore. When his company, Varo Enterprises, looks into buying a small family owned company, he decides to go under cover to check things out.

Claire Lundstrum's grandparents started Polar Air long ago and everything seemed fine with the company. Then Grandma told her they were in debt and close to foreclosure. Seems one of their trusted employees was not so trustworthy. They would just have to work harder and get out of debt. Business was good enough that they could hire a new pilot, Claire just had no idea this man was much more than he seemed to be.

Welcome to the small town of Spruce Bay, Alaska. Guaranteed that your business will be known around town faster than it happens. Only no one seemed to know the small tidbit of who Max really was. He kept his secret well, too well. Seems those secrets always come out of hiding at just the wrong time.

This is the second book in this fun series of three childhood friends who have grown up to be three extremely handsome and athletic men. At Adam's thirty-fifth birthday they make a bet to see who will be the last bachelor standing. Adam Shawnigan fell first in book one; Game On. Now Dylan Cross is the last bachelor standing, I look forward to his story in the third book; Final Score.

**Sexual content
Book 3: Final Score
The last man holding out is firefighter Dylan Cross—strong, tantalizingly hot, with a reckless streak a mile long. He's also Mr. June in the firefighter calendar. But while Dylan will risk his life without a moment's thought, he would never risk his bachelorhood…. 

Dylan made a deal to help Cassie Price renovate her new home. But having a mouthwatering Mr. June fixing up her place is more temptation than Cassie can resist. And really, doesn't she deserve a little fiery fun now and then? But keeping her cool with this sexy confirmed bachelor is almost impossible…and if she's not careful, she'll find herself playing for keeps!