WHILE I WAS WAITING
BY GEORGIA HILL
Genre: Historical/time-slip romance
Release Date: 2/7/15 (e-pub) 10/9/15 (print)
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Tired of her life in London, freelance illustrator Rachel buys the beautiful but dilapidated Clematis Cottage and sets about creating the home of her dreams. But tucked away behind the water tank in the attic and left to gather dust for decades, is an old biscuit tin containing letters, postcards and a diary. So much more than old scraps of paper, these are precious memories that tell the story of Henrietta Trenchard-Lewis, a love lost in the Great War and the girl who was left behind.
ABOUT GEORGIA HILL
I used to live in London, where I worked in the theatre. Then I got the bizarre job of teaching road safety to the U.S. navy – in Marble Arch!
A few years ago, I did an ‘Escape to the Country’. I now live in a tiny Herefordshire village, where I scandalise the neighbours by not keeping ‘country hours’ and being unable to make a decent pot of plum jam. Home is a converted Oast house (Old agricultural building used for drying hops), which I share with my two beloved spaniels, husband (also beloved) and a ghost called Zoe.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel widely, though prefer to set my novels closer to home. Perhaps more research is needed? I’ve always wanted to base a book in the Caribbean!
I am addicted to Belgian chocolate, Jane Austen and, most of all, Strictly Come Dancing.
The Family Divided – The Guernsey Novels Book 4
By Anne Allen
A romantic mystery and family drama
One family, divided by death – and money
Andy Batiste, at loggerheads with his degenerate cousin, seeks to discover the truth of his family history. Why was his pregnant grandmother forced to flee to France? What really happened to her husband during the German Occupation, sixty years ago? Who accused Edmund, the elder son and Batiste heir, of being an informer? Was he really a traitor – and who murdered him?
With Edmund’s brother Harold now head of the family, enjoying the wealth which ought to have come to Andy’s father, the family is forever divided. Andy yearns to clear Edmund’s name and restore his father to his rightful inheritance.
Into the conflict comes Charlotte Townsend, newly divorced, lonely and struggling with writer’s block and the consuming threat of impending loss. She returns for healing at Guernsey’s natural health centre, La Folie, and becomes involved in Andy’s family affairs.
Together they embark on a hunt for the truth…
Reviews from Amazon:
“Another great novel in the Guernsey series. Beautifully written and faultless in locations, always challenging when being read by someone who knows all the places being described. Roll on no. 5”
“Sit back and prepare to be effortlessly transported once more to the beautiful island of Guernsey, this time in autumn, for the fourth tale in Anne Allen’s much-acclaimed Guernsey Novels series. Each successive book features, in cameo roles, characters from previous novels but each story nevertheless stands alone as a jolly good read and “The Family Divided” is no exception.”
I live in Devon, by my beloved sea. I have three grown-up children and my daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. I was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result I spent many summers with my Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. My restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. I contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. My other son lives in London which is great for city breaks J
By profession I’m a psychotherapist but have long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of my mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now the nest is empty there’s more time to write.
An intriguing page-turner offering mystery and romance.
Two violent deaths. Separated by time, but with a fatal connection…
A man loses his father. A young woman loses her mother. Both in tragic circumstances that lead, when they meet, to surprising revelations from the past.
Louisa needs to find the father she has never known, to warn him of possible danger – for them both. Her search takes her from England to Guernsey. Malcolm’s journey is more tortuous: conceived in Guernsey, he travels to Canada as a baby with his bereaved mother. Many years later he arrives in India, and from here he is led back to Guernsey to open a health centre at La Folie. This was his father’s home, where Malcolm was conceived, but never lived and where his father was killed at the start of the Second World War.
At the heart of the two deaths lie stolen jewels. Valuable enough to kill for. Twice.
Finding her father brings Louisa more than she bargains for, and her life is transformed, while Malcolm learns that life is, after all, for sharing…
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, interesting characters, beautiful setting – and much more besides! August 1, 2014
By Mrs L
Guernsey Retreat, the third in Anne Allen’s Guernsey Novels series, is yet another excellent page-turner from this popular award-winning writer. The author deftly combines mystery and romance in a tale which moves smoothly from times of sadness and loss, through periods of anger and loneliness, to revelations about the past which have life-changing effects on the main characters.
We follow the heroine, Louisa, as she travels from London to Guernsey to find her father, who has no idea that she exists. Malcolm has carried grief and a wish for revenge with him for much of his life and, as a result, he has thrown his energies into building a very successful career for himself. His latest venture, the Guernsey Retreat health centre, is the setting for the major part of the story. It was comforting to see that the Retreat is based in La Folie, the imposing gothic mansion which featured in Anne’s second Guernsey Novel. I also very much like Anne’s idea of including cameo appearances by some of the characters from her two earlier novels. Having read and enjoyed the first two books in this series – “Dangerous Waters” and “Finding Mother” – these Guernsey residents are now beginning to feel like friends of mine, and it’s lovely to be able to keep up with what’s going on in their lives!
The sea, countryside and restaurants of beautiful Guernsey feature strongly again in the book. Anne’s delightful descriptions of the island and her skill at portraying her characters and their emotions brings every scene vividly to life. I found this a most enjoyable and satisfying read and am already looking forward to the next book in the Guernsey Novels series. Well done again, Anne Allen!
Part romance, part women’s relationship fiction, part mystery, Anne Allen’s ‘Guernsey Retreat’ is a companion story to her novel, ‘Finding Mother’ and explores similar themes, except in this case it is a father who is found. Louisa, the heroine of the story, is a loving and sensitive young woman who has just suffered the devastating loss of her mother and the brutal severing of her relationship with her ex. Fearful of another rejection, she travels to Guernsey in the hope of connecting with her father Malcolm, a man she has never known. Malcolm had a passionate and heartfelt relationship with her mother Susan before circumstances compelled him to return to Canada before he knew Susan was pregnant with their daughter. Louisa meets Malcolm and they begin to learn about each other, but old family history and murder stand in their way. There is also a mystery regarding a ruby necklace said by Malcolm to be tainted.
Meanwhile Louisa finds herself drawn to Paul, who works at Malcolm’s health resort, La Folie. But what are Paul’s true feelings for her? Are they friends or more? Throughout the novel there are delicious hints of romance.
‘Guernsey Retreat’ is very enjoyable, both as a gentle romance and as a study in families and what makes a family happy or not. Anne Allen explores the subtleties of modern relationships in a compassionate way while revealing the workings of karma and choices in life. The sights, sounds smells and cuisine of Guernsey provide a vivid background to the story and make it all the richer.
1939 – September – Guernsey
Betty woke with a start. For a moment she wondered what had disturbed her but then the sound of shouting cut across the silence of her bedroom. Groaning, she swung her legs out of bed, and grabbed the old, patched dressing gown that Roland insisted should be thrown out. But she hated throwing things away and pulled the belt tight around her thickening waist before tiptoeing out into the passage.
Darkness enveloped her but as she crept towards the stairs she could see lights in the hall, guiding the way. She trod softly downstairs, knowing that her appearance would only provoke the men further. Roland, her employer and now fiancé, and Archie, his nephew and her one-time lover. She could guess what they were fighting about – her. Their voices echoed around the expanse of the hall as Betty’s bare feet hardly touched the granite-tiled floor as she headed for the library – Roland’s domain and the source of the shouting.
Her heart pounded as she hesitated outside the door. She hated the thought the men were now at loggerheads and, from what she could hear through the slightly ajar oak door, close to blows. Peering through the gap, she could just make out their figures. Roland sat behind the imposing mahogany desk he’d inherited from his grandfather. He glared at Archie, who leaned over the desk, his fists thrust towards his uncle. With his back to the door Betty couldn’t see his face, but guessed it would be red with anger. He’d always had a temper on him.
‘I’ll marry who I like! I won’t be told what I can or can’t do by some young whipper-snapper who doesn’t know when he’s well off.’ Roland thumped the desk before standing up, looking down at Archie. ‘I took you in out of duty after that benighted sister of mine died. And in spite of what you claim, I never promised to adopt you and make you my heir. Why would I, while there was still a chance I’d marry and have children of my own?’ He marched around the desk to stand proud and tall in front of Archie. Betty’s heart swelled with love as she squinted through the crack. You tell him, Roland! Cocky braggart! He can’t hold a candle to you.
‘And now I am marrying and about to become a father and count myself the luckiest of men. But I’ll not see you homeless, boy–’
‘You’re damn right you won’t!’ Archie shouted, causing Betty to jump. ‘You owe me, Uncle. I’ve worked hard for you these past seven years and been paid a pittance. I didn’t complain, thinking I’d inherit one day. But now you tell me I’ll get nothing and it’s not right!’ Archie’s fists were now clenched by his side, his head thrust close up against Roland’s. Betty’s heart beat faster. Oh, dear God! Don’t let them start fighting, I couldn’t bear it.
‘I paid you the going rate for the work you’ve done, such as it was. You’re not exactly the hardest worker I’ve employed, boy. And as we don’t even know who your father was, I’m not legally obliged to provide for you.’ Roland paced around and Betty only caught a glimpse of him now and then.
‘You can stay here at La Folie if you like, after Betty and I are wed and leave for Canada. I want us to be far away now war’s been declared. Stay here as my steward until the fighting’s over and we can return–’
‘No!’ Archie’s voice, harsh and desperate, filled the air. Betty held her breath, her hands placed protectively on her stomach. She caught a glimpse of Archie as he grabbed something from the desk before lunging forward out of sight. A loud cracking sound, followed by a groan, propelled her through the door.
At the sight of her beloved Roland stretched out on the floor, blood pouring from an ugly gash on his head, she felt everything go black and crashed to the floor. The next thing she knew, strong arms lifted her up and sat her down roughly in a chair. As her head cleared, she looked up at Archie’s face a few inches in front of her.
‘Why did you come down, you daft woman! Thought you’d be asleep,’ Archie growled.
‘What have you done? Roland…?’ Betty twisted her head to try and see her fiancé but Archie blocked her vision.
‘I…I didn’t mean to hit him that hard. He hit his head on the corner of the desk as he went down.’ He screwed up his face and gripped Betty’s arms. ‘He’s out cold. I–’
Betty drew on all her strength and managed to push Archie from her, before crawling across to where Roland lay.
‘Oh, my God! Don’t say you’ve killed him!’ she cried, kneeling beside Roland’s inert form. ‘Here, help me turn him over.’
Archie knelt and rolled Roland onto his back. One look told them both that he was dead.
Tears splashed down as Betty hugged Roland’s battered and bleeding head. She rocked back and forth, a keening sound escaped from her lips.
‘He got me so mad about me not inheriting anything. I’m family! He owed me–’
Betty was hot with rage.
‘He owed you nothing! Like he said. Why couldn’t you have been satisfied with being steward? Thanks to your greed I’ve lost the man I love and my child is fatherless before it’s born. Oh, Roland, Roland!’
She carried on rocking, as sobs racked her body. Roland’s blooded face filled her with horror. They had planned to see the vicar about the banns that very day, wanting to marry at the end of the month. She had been so happy, so looking forward not only to marrying Roland, but to the adventure of sailing off to Canada. Away from the inevitable reality of war. Roland had often said that the Channel Islands were particularly vulnerable, with the islanders not standing a chance if Hitler decided to invade.
But now…Thanks to Archie and that temper of his, she was a widow before she was a wife. And carrying the child that had filled Roland with such joy and pride.
‘We…we have to bury him, Betty. And then get away from here. I’m not going to hang for this…’
Betty looked up sharply. ‘What do you mean “we”? This is all your doing, not mine. I’ve just seen you kill my…my love in cold blood! I’ll have no part in your trying to cover it up. Once I tell the police–’
Archie grabbed her arms and shook her till her teeth rattled.
‘You’re not telling no police nothing! If you so much as start to spill the beans to anyone, I’ll say you did it. A lover’s tiff. It’ll be your word against mine. Either way, you’d be an accessory and would hang as well.’
Betty’s head reeled with grief and anger.
‘You won’t get away with that! Everyone knows how much we loved each other. And I’m carrying his child! Why would I…I kill him?’
‘I wouldn’t say you meant to. It was an accident. Just like it was with me. But they still might find you guilty of murder and you’d hang. So,’ he said, letting go of her bruised arms, ‘we have to get away. And soon.’
Betty tried to focus on what Archie was saying. Was it true? They were alone in the house and there was no-one to support her. The rest of the staff lived out and wouldn’t return until the morning. Her parents were dead and she had no other family. Although considered a bright pupil at the Girls’ School, Betty had found it difficult to get a good job until Roland appointed her his housekeeper. It was Archie who’d got her the position, when they’d been sweet on each other, three years ago. That had not lasted long, not once she discovered his awful temper. And Archie hadn’t reckoned with her falling in love with Roland. And he her.
‘But where can we go? And what’ll we do for money?’ Betty sat dazed on the floor, still cradling Roland’s head. Surely this was all a bad dream and she’d wake up and everything would be as it was. The two of them off to St Phillipe’s to see the vicar…
Archie paced around, tugging at his hair, as if that would give him inspiration.
‘We’ll have to get away from the islands. Get to England somehow.’
‘But I don’t want to go to England! This is my home, where I belong–’
‘Not anymore it isn’t! It’s not safe for either of us now. I just need to think…’ He pulled up short. ‘I know. That Ed Sarre owes me a favour. He can take us in his fishing boat. I’ll make up some story that Roland wants us to leave quickly now that war’s been declared and that he’s flying out to join us once he’s locked up the place. As for money, there’s plenty here worth a bob or two and Roland always kept a wad of cash in the safe, so we’ll be all right. But first we have to bury him. And quick, before it gets light.’
Betty found herself dragged roughly to her feet and forced to find a sheet in which to wrap Roland. She moved around as if in a trance, her mind shutting her off from the reality of what was happening. All she knew was that her life was about to change. And not for the better.
‘Oh my God, what’s happening to me? After all this time, please, not again!’
Jeanne Le Page, gripped by fear and panic, struggles to breathe as the ferry arrives in Guernsey – the island she had fled fifteen years before, traumatised by a family tragedy.
Now she has to return after another death. Her beloved grandmother has bequeathed Jeanne her old cottage. She intends to stay just long enough to sell her inheritance. Deeply unhappy after the recent end of a relationship, she has no desire to pick up her old life in her birthplace.
Jeanne is shocked to find that the cottage holds a secret going back to the German Occupation. She becomes drawn into learning more, delaying her planned departure. At the same time, while unveiling the truth of what happened to her family, she puts herself in mortal danger.
Jeanne has to relive the tragedy as the ghosts continue to haunt her. But over time the island works its magic, encouraging her to live and love again . . . .
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Prepare to be swept away by a heart-warming tale of family relationships and love
Three women. Three generations. Sacrifices for love…
Who is she really? Nicole is about to find out as she begins the search for her real mother, the woman who gave her away at birth. With her marriage in tatters, Nicole sets out from England- travelling to Spain, Jersey and Guernsey before the extraordinary story of her real family is finally revealed.
Nicole becomes an unwitting catalyst for change in the family. Two women are forced to reveal long-buried secrets. One going back as far as the Second World War. Lives are transformed as choices have to be made and the past laid to rest…
“A sensitive, heart-felt novel about family relationships, identity, adoption, second chances at love… With romance, weddings, boat trips, lovely gardens and more, Finding Mother is a dazzle of a book, a perfect holiday read.” Lindsay Townsend, author of The Snow Bride
“I have only recently been introduced to Anne Allen’s novels, but she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I stayed up long and late to finish Finding Mother, because I simply could not put the book down and needed to find out just a little bit more.” Jaffareadstoo (Blogger)
I live in Devon, by my beloved sea. I have three grown-up children and my daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. I was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result I spent many summers with my Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. My restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. I contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. My other son lives in London which is great for city breaks J
By profession I’m a psychotherapist but have long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of my mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now the nest is empty there’s more time to write and my first novel, Dangerous Waters, was published in 2012 and the second, Finding Mother, in October 2013.
TITLE; WARRIOR SPIEIR
SERIES: BOOK 1- THE KING OF IRELAND
GENRE: ROMANCE/SUSPENSE/FAMILY SAGA
Irish¬man Blackie O’Brien led a sin¬ful and self-destructive life of women, alco¬hol and drugs. He was the best, cham¬pion steeple¬chase jockey in the his¬tory of the sport until a near-fatal rac¬ing acci¬dent ended his career.
But this was no” accident”- his ruthless ex-agent, Mickey Reegan, orchestrated the whole thing. It seems that the luck o’the Irish has deserted Blackie once and for all.
And Blackie is no ordinary Irishman. His lusty young man is the direct descendent of Brian Boru, the most influential High King of Ireland. If Ireland still had a king, Blackie would be it.
Now, Blackie is a man without a career and without a kingdom.
Warrior Spirit chronicles Blackie’s journey from the green hills of Ireland to the privileged horse country of Milddleburg, Virginia. As Blackie begins to despair over his future, in enters beautiful, young Meg who brings her horses to Blackie’s family farm where he’s been recuperating from the accident.
Their sexual chemistry is immediate.
But Blackie’s family has other plans for him. They believe he’s driven by the spirit of an ancient Irish warrior and demand he find a place in Ireland’s political leadership.
From fighting off alcoholic temptations, thwarting an attempted rape of Meg and stopping thugs trying to take his life, Blackie leaps over one hurdle after another. Will Blackie ultimately find the future he’s meant to have with the love of a good woman? Does Blackie get a second chance to turn his life around?
I started writing The King of Ireland series in 2008 when I had my second knee replaced. I was immobilized with ice on my knee for hours during the day and was, of course, bored to tears.
The “King’ story was something I had played with in my head for maybe twenty-five years.
Watching one more TV show, I decided to write it down. I wrote long-hand and quickly filled many yellow legal pads and kept on going. Luckily my sister-in-law was a very good typist, so I enlisted her help.
I made a lot of mistakes at first and along the way learned a great deal about the craft of writing and I’m still learning. I got a mountain of advice and help from agents, editors, contest judges, critique groups and friends. I found quickly that their was something called “word count” and it was frowned upon to have too much of it. So I had to pare my 300K word novel down to where somebody might look at it. Hence I now have a three book, one prequel novella series and might add more if my readers get invested in my characters.
I love my characters by the way and feel very close to them. I got highly insulted when a family member said Blackie just wasn’t her cup of tea!
I have a passion for horses just like my characters and have since I was a little girl and saw my first horse. Our property backed up to the Garrison Forest School for Girls in Maryland and they rode their horses through our woods.
I started riding when I was about eight years old and rode consistently until in my thirties and was lucky enough to have my own horse and pony for ten years. I did a lot of showing and did mostly jumping. Later I discovered dressage and became fascinated with it just like the main characters in my book.
I retired in 2010 and briefly before that I started riding again and it was glorious to on a horse once more. I’m retired from Johns Hopkins University where I worked for 27 years as an Electron Microscopist. I still work there part-time. The best thing is now I get to write full time and feel very blessed to be able to do so.
ONE NIGHT AT THE JACARANDA
One young man dying of cancer. One struggling journalist. A group of single Londoners. One night that changes everything….
The trouble with speed dating is that three minutes can last a lifetime, and ever since he was diagnosed, Sanjay doesn’t have a lifetime to waste.
For one booze and hope-fuelled night in London, the lives of a group of 30-somethings criss-cross. As well as Sanjay, there’s lawyer Laure, divorced doctor
Geoff, newly single mother-of-four Karen and traumatised ex-con Dan all hoping to find love, solace or amazing sex.
Undercover journalist Harriet is after a by-line, not a boyfriend. She’s a struggling freelance with a live-in lover, but soon she has to choose between the comfortable life she knows and a bumpy road that could lead to happiness.
As Laure, Sanjay, Geoff, Harriet, Karen, Dan and the rest of the singles discover, it’s not just about finding someone who’s dynamite between the sheets. It’s about finding yourself, and that’s not always where you expect.
What they say:
“A blinder of a tale” – The Sun.
“Sassy and classy in equal measures. A must” – Dr Pixie McKenna, media doctor and TV presenter.
“At times dark, at times laugh out loud funny, this snapshot of dating in London stays with you long after the final page” – Martel Maxwell, author of Scandalous.
“Contemporary fiction for intelligent grown-ups. The characters are real, the medical details are spot on, and the sex scenes are utterly believable. An absolute joy”- Christine Webber, author and psychotherapist.
About the author:
Carol Cooper is a doctor, author and journalist from London. She blogs on Pills and Pillow-Talk..
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Please note, this book also carries the tag SPICY ROMANCE
Deputy DA Margo Keyes is looking forward to this trip with as much enthusiasm as she’d have for a root canal. There’s the Philly summer heat, the high school reunion she’d rather avoid, and the speech she’s to give as a last-minute stand-in for her boss. Mostly there’s facing high school crush Tony Alessandro. When she’d last seen the Philly cop, he’d danced her out of his sister’s wedding reception to a dark room where he’d kissed her senseless. If his nephew hadn’t interrupted they’d have…well, who knows? He disappeared on some family errand. She went home to Portland, Oregon and she hasn’t heard from him since.
However, her homecoming turns out better than expected. The reunion and the speech work out. Even better, she and Tony pick up where they left off in that dark room and the only heat that’s unbearable is what they generate in bed.
Margo returns to Portland relieved she’s put a whole continent between them to give her breathing room to sort out what they’ve started. Then his work with a federal task force investigating industrial espionage brings him to Portland. And an accidental swap of messenger bags on her flight home puts her in the middle of the investigation.
Tony wants her out of the way of the bad guys and focused on him. She wants to use a secret from her past to wrap up the case. And maybe avoid having to think about what’s happening between them.
They can’t both win. Or can they?
A writer and glass artist, I’ve been published in anthologies, magazines, newspapers and in the brochures, newsletters and reports of my consulting clients and employers. Unless you count speeches for politicians, I’d never written fiction until a cast of characters began inhabiting my daydreams. A glass artist and a gallery owner were there. So were a sculptor and a jewelry designer. When some dead bodies showed up, a couple of cops and a deputy DA arrived. Soon they began to fall in love with each other and work for their happy ending. Bingo. I was a romance writer.
Enslaved by a handsome Viking who believes in an ancient prophecy. Chained by hidden pleasures of the flesh. Is Shannon strong enough to conquer the bonds of desire, or will she submit to the lust that lies within?
Shannon has visions–dark visions of the future. She dismisses them as memories from the last Viking raid that happened years ago. After seeing the dreaded dragon’s head appear from the mists, she knows that the barbarians have returned to rob her village once again. Her life will change forever when she is captured by a handsome Viking, Gunnar Ravenshield.
Ravenshield captures a strong-willed Irish woman from her village and whisks her away to Dublin, a Viking stronghold. He discovers a strange mark on her body, branding her the “Valkyrie of Fire”. According to an ancient prophecy, any man who possesses her shall have great power and wealth. He is determined to seduce her sexually using any means necessary.
Night after night, he awakens the unbridled lust that had been dormant in her body. She falls under his spell, giving him what he wants. Though he is a pagan and her sworn enemy, she cannot help but to submit to the one who ignites the passion inside her.
Things get more complicated when Ravenshield’s previous sex slave swears to seek revenge on Shannon. Kiera wants Gunnar all to herself and plans to get rid of Shannon. She joins forces with Magnus, a Viking warrior, who will do anything for power and riches.
Gunnar Ravenshield has what it takes to conquer Shannon sexually, but can he conquer her heart? If he fails, then he will lose much more than lands and riches. He will lose his life. Can love conquer all?
Ms. Rivers is a native of Virginia and is currently living near the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and (of course) watching the History Channel. Long summer days and slow walks on the beach are just a few of her favorite things. She has traveled abroad visiting castles and monuments which have inspired her writing career. Brooklynn is an avid history buff that loves to incorporate elements of real life events in her stories. Author Website: https://sites.google.com/site/brooklynnrivers/home
When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind…stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry-go-round she was awarded in the divorce settlement is a blessing or a bane. As if Lauren’s personal life isn’t chaotic enough, this slightly jaded attorney is overrun with a cast of quirky characters who can’t stay on the right side of the law. What’s a woman to do? She can allow life to spin her in circles forever. Or she can reach out and grab the brass ring. PURCHASE About the author Donna Fasano is an award-winning, best-selling author whose books have sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. “. . .complex, funny, and realistic. . .” ~Wilmington News Journal Book Review The Merry-Go-Round is an utterly charming romantic comedy that pulled me in right from the start. Award-winning author Donna Fasano skillfully weaves a story consisting of funny, imperfect characters, love lost and found, sexual attraction, and an old merry-go-round. Told with humor and honesty, this novel is an entertaining and satisfying read. I highly recommend it! ~ Karen McQuestion, author of A Scattered Life ALL BOOKS BY DONNA FASANO ************
New York – present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after surviving a kidnap attempt, has a harsh choice – being eliminated by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to the mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother’s homeland in Europe. Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety, a ready-made family and a new career. But a shocking discovery about her new lover, the fascinating but arrogant special forces officer Conrad Tellus who rescued her in America, isolates her.
Renschman reaches into her new home and nearly kills her. Recovering, she is desperate to find out why he is hunting her so viciously. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. But crazy with bitterness at his past failures, Renschman sets a trap for her, knowing she has no choice but to spring it…
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Alison Morton grew up in West Kent and worked as a civil servant in the City of London, dealt in coins and antique jewellery, head-hunted chief executives, served as a Territorial Army officer and owned a translation company. She completed a BA in French, German and Economics and thirty years later an MA in History. She now lives in France with her husband.
A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that started her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by women…
A wordsmith much of her life – playwright (aged 7), article writer, local magazine editor and translator – she came to novel writing in reaction to a particularly dire film.
‘I could do better that that,’ she whispered in the darkened cinema.
‘So why don’t you?’ came her spouse’s reply.
Three months later, she had completed the first draft of INCEPTIO, the first in her series of Roma Nova thrillers.
Find out more about Alison’s writing life, Romans and alternate history at her blog http://www.alison-morton.com and say hello on Twitter @alison_morton
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What if everything you know – or think you know – about your life is wrong? Tash Colgate, a successful art gallery owner, is about to find out how that feels in “Raping Aphrodite,” a stunning, remarkable novel that weaves together mystery, suspense, romance and deceit in two story lines that span more than three decades.
Tash has the life she always wanted: a solid marriage and an art gallery that is making its mark in the art world. When she agrees to an exhibition of items from Cyprus, she opens the door to secrets some people close to her wish had stayed buried forever. Her husband, Christian, learns his wife isn’t who she thinks she is, but, in his desperation to keep his marriage intact, will he lie to her, too? Or tell her the truth about her real identity and risk losing her forever? Travel back in time to the 1974 invasion and division of Cyprus by Turkey, where intrigue, murder and lies catch up to Tash and Christian decades later, propelling them into a world they never knew existed.
Loukia Borrell is a native of Toledo, Ohio. She was raised in Virginia Beach and graduated from Elon University with an English and journalism degree. She worked as a journalist for 20 years and her stories have appeared in various newspapers and magazines in Virginia and Florida, including the Reston Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, The Virginian-Pilot, regional newspapers formerly owned by The New York Times Co. and The Washington Post. She is married and has three children. “Raping Aphrodite” is her first book. She is working on her second novel, a prequel to “Raping Aphrodite.”
The Single Daddy Club: Derrick
The Single Dad:
Ex-military man Derrick Richmond. Solitary and satisfied…until little Timmy was dropped into his lap and Derrick had to learn to be somebody’s daddy.
The Single Woman:
Schoolteacher Anna Maxwell. Fate might have denied her a family of her own, but Anna still had plenty of love to give, if only someone would notice.
Anna would teach Derrick all he needed to know about kids. Father and son would give Anna some precious memories. Then the schoolteacher and the single dad would go their separate ways. Unless one little boy figured out a way to make Miss Maxwell become his mom!
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Donna Fasano is a three time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages.
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“…complex, funny, and realistic…” ~Wilmington News Journal
“An utterly charming romantic comedy that pulled me in right from the start. …funny, imperfect characters, love lost and found, sexual attraction, and an old merry-go-round. Told with humor and honesty, this novel is an entertaining and satisfying read. I highly recommend it!” ~ Karen McQuestion, author of the bestseller, A Scattered Life
“Could not help myself from reading excerpts to my husband and friends. This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author.” ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon
“…a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!” ~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com
“On the brink of Civil War, lumberman Reagan Burnsfield tries saving the family business by marrying the beautiful debutante, Amanda Bruester. Instead, his actions plunge him into the hidden world of the Underground Railroad, pitting him against rival suitors, secret lovers, bounty hunters and a false murder accusation.”
Reagan Burnsfield has no interest in finding himself a wife. But that’s exactly what he must do when a lumber contract falls through and threatens the family business. Marrying the beautiful debutante Amanda Bruester for her dowry will solve his short term need as well as give him the wife of his dreams.
His courtship is hindered until they are arrested after stumbling upon bounty hunters hotly pursuing runaway slaves. In the ensuing scandal, Amanda chooses marriage over betraying her Aunt Gabriella’s illegal activities in the Underground Railroad.
Expecting resentment for the forced marriage, Amanda’s fears of a loveless union are laid to rest when Reagan’s passions seem tempered with apparent affection and tender regard. Yet, despite being properly wed, another suitor, Derrick Banning, is determined to break apart their hasty marriage. He fancies it is he, not “that arrogant lumberman,” who should be enjoying Amanda’s wealth.
While snowed in at his lumber camp, Amanda discovers papers that imply Reagan’s offer of marriage wasn’t the sacrifice she thought it to be. Despite his assurances that he acted to protect her, Amanda begins to doubt everything about him.
To complicate matters, mysterious scratches on Reagan’s back seem to point to infidelity, further proving he’s the untrustworthy knave Derrick claims him to be. When a prostitute’s body is found in his office and Reagan is arrested for murder, Amanda flees to her aunt’s house until the mystery can be solved. Author Bio: WEBSITE AND LINKS TO PURCHASE
I live on an Indiana farm with my husband, two of my four children, a dog and a barn cat. When I’m not writing or hauling grain, I enjoy canning food. Before writing my first book, I worked twenty-five years in the medical field of Optometry. During that time I wrote a human- interest story in a medical newsletter and have had poetry published in Speer Presents.
Although writing is my first love, I’m devoted to our military and am honored to organize a yearly event where our community sends care packages to soldiers overseas. Their bravery inspires me. ********
When fifteen-year-old Heather Jane Bell is diagnosed with alopecia and her hair starts falling out in clumps, she wants nothing more than to escape her home in London and disappear off the face of the earth.
Heather gets her wish when her concerned parents send her to stay with her great-aunt in West Yorkshire. But shortly after she arrives, she becomes lost on the moors and is swept through the mist back to the year 1833. There she encounters fifteen-year-old Emily Brontë and is given refuge in the Brontë Parsonage.
Unaware of her host family’s genius and future fame, Heather struggles to cope with alopecia amongst strangers in a world completely foreign to her. While Heather finds comfort and strength in her growing friendship with Emily and in the embrace of the close-knit Brontë family, her emotions are stretched to the limit when she falls for Emily’s brilliant but troubled brother, Branwell.
Will Heather return to the comforts and conveniences of the twenty-first century? Or will she choose love and remain in the harsh world of nineteenth-century Haworth?
Aviva Orr was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two daughters, and two Yorkshire terriers (Lucy and Branwell). Aviva holds a master’s degree in English and has a keen interest in early British literature. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys traveling. Her favorite place to visit is England, and the idea for The Mist on Brontë Moor was born after she visited the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth.
The Scent of Time
What if history is not really what we think it is? Not what has been written in textbooks? That’s the question Alan T. McKean asks readers to ponder in his time travel adventure, The Scent of Time.
The Scent of Time pits Scot Drew Faulkner against American Nantucket sea captain Caleb Bryant, who makes a career out of plundering the wealth and happiness of others. To defeat his nemesis, Drew must win the 1867 China to London Tea Clipper race and secure Bellefield, the ancestral home of the lovely Miss Lucy Oxford. His first obstacle? He lives in modern times. The race takes place in 1867!
Drew desperately hopes to win not only the tea clipper race, but also Lucy’s heart. Bravely facing that challenge, Drew saves the life of British ambassador Sir Charles Gray; rescues a young Chinese girl, Mi-Ling, from a child brothel by cutting cards for her; fights pirates; goes swimming with a great white shark—and faces the greatest love decision in his life. While his graceful tea clipper, Night Arrow, wins first place in the tea race, has Drew won the most important challenge in his life? Will the lovely Lucy marry him?
Frighteningly, Caleb Bryant is both still very much alive—and intent on manufacturing evil. Bryant hates happy endings. He is determined that if he can’t marry Lucy—he will not allow anyone else to marry her.
Bio Alan T. McKean
Alan T. McKean was born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland and worked in various mind-numbing occupations before the Lord called him into the ministry 30 years ago. He celebrates 30 years of serving God with the publication of his first novel, The Scent of Time, published by Black Rose Writing in Texas.
Alan is married to author Stephanie Parker McKean. The couple lives on the lovely Black Isle of Scotland. They enjoy taking their rough collie, Angel Joy, on walks along the beach.
During his free time, Alan enjoys art, music and photography.
Dirty Laundry is a tale of forbidden love as a young girl desperately searches for validation and affection in an unlikely place.
As ten-year-old Marly Colone stands in front of her tiny, four-room house in a small Illinois town in the autumn of 1966, she takes one look at the dark-haired handsome stranger walking toward her on the sidewalk and knows. He is her destiny, and nothing will change her mind. She has just found the man she will marry.
Her beloved father had died abruptly the previous spring, propelling Marly from the innocence of childhood into the uncertain, often tumultuous world of a blended family after her mother remarries. In a bizarre twist of fate, Marly comes face-to-face once again with her soul mate, Johnny, who happens to be her new stepbrother – and twelve years her senior. Determined to do anything to make Johnny notice her, the love-starved Marly embarks down a dangerous path, desperate to replace her father with a man who happens to share many of the same mannerisms. Lost in the murky world between adolescence and adulthood, Marly has no doubt she has claimed her destiny.
AUTHOR BIO: Marilyn Slagel enjoys reading, needlework, quilting and regular Board Meetings (wine, food and gossip) with her friends. She is a member of the St. Louis Writers Guild, NAPW and ECAN. Marilyn currently makes her home in a tiny, rural Illinois town with her very spoiled dog, Shadow.
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When pastry chef Jane Gray tries to sell a locket to an upscale Victorian boutique, she becomes the unlikely subject of a massive police hunt and fodder for London’s salacious tabloid press; secrets unravel, lies are exposed, and Jane finds the last thing she expected… love. Jane works tirelessly to provide a good life for her adopted daughter Pip, but her peaceful, predictable existence is shattered when the Duke of Rutledge demands custody of his niece. Charming and handsome, the duke’s younger brother Finn spends his leisure time between the sheets of London’s most beautiful, wanton women. The seasoned rake is perplexed by his growing attraction to demure, virtuous Jane… definitely not his usual type. If she were any other woman, he would simply make her his mistress. Instead, he is forced to consider more honorable means of achieving his desires. While eagerly plotting her submission, he fabricates excuses to spend time with her. It soon becomes evident there’s more to Jane than meets the eye, and Finn longs to possess the passionate, sensual woman hidden beneath her modest facade. When a scandal rag threatens to print false stories about the duke and his “love child,” Finn offers marriage under the guise of protection, but his true motives are less altruistic. Jane’s marriage draws the attention of a madman from her past. When his beloved wife is threatened, Finn enters London’s dangerous underworld in a heart-stopping race to save the woman and child who have become his whole world.
Kate Worth lives on a farm in Central Virginia with her wonderful husband and four children, three cats, a hound dog, and God only knows how many squirrels, bunnies, skunks, raccoons, and mice. (The dog and cats are very lazy.) She spends her days writing, reading, gardening, and painting… basically anything that doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to housework.Kate lived a nomadic childhood, moving every year or two as her father was assigned to a new post throughout his career with the State Department. She and her family were evacuated during the revolution in Iran, watched tanks roll through the streets of Quito, Ecuador from their attic windows during a coup d’etat, survived an Oktoberfest bombing in Munich and a massive earthquake in Chile that walked their refrigerator across the kitchen floor… all events that fired her fertile imagination. She began her career as a journalist then meandered into graphic design, illustration, and baby making for a decade before returning to her first love… writing. Now she pens the types of novels she likes to read… well-researched historical romances with complex, swoon-worthy heroes and strong, interesting heroines. In her spare time Kate collects Victorian etiquette manuals, old newspapers and magazines about life in pre-1900s England, and first-person travelogues from the Golden Age of travel.
They can’t forget the past, but is it enough to create a future? When an accident leaves her guardian to her six-month-old niece, Emma Stanton must return to her small hometown of Hastings, Montana to find the one man she’s spent the last eight years trying to forget. She and Dillon had grown up together–he was her sister’s best friend. But that hadn’t stopped him from sharing a kiss with Emma that had followed her through the years. Now, not only must she break the news of her sister’s tragic death to Dillon, but she must risk the only family she has left and tell him he’s the baby’s father.Wealthy nightclub owner Dillon James has been used for his name and money one too many times, so when he comes face-to-face with Emma Stanton and her gorgeous lips, he’s determined to keep things light. All he wants is to be the father his daughter needs, to make up for not being there for her and her mother. But spending time with Emma, as she shows him the ropes of caring for his daughter, is wearing down his defenses. Perhaps it’s time he took a chance on love. If only he can convince Emma to take a chance on him…
J.M. writes what she likes to call sweet and spicy contemporary romance. She’s a stay-at-home mom by trade, married to her very own hero. They live in the Great Northwest with their two boys and two very spoiled puppies. J.M. has been devouring romances for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her passion. ********************
Neve Dalton loves her job as a tour guide on a River Nile cruise ship as much as she values her independence. She isn’t ready to settle down with her Egyptian boyfriend, despite his repeated proposals and his father’s desire to see him married.
Nor is she ready to meet Ross McAllister, a compelling and fascinating archaeologist.She struggles against her growing attraction to him until she can no longer ignore what her heart is telling her. This is the man who sets her soul on fire.
Paula Martin had some early publishing success in her twenties with short stories and four contemporary romance novels, but then had a break from writing while she brought up a young family and also pursued her career as a history teacher for twenty-five years. She has recently returned to writing fiction, after retiring from teaching. and has had four romance novels published, ‘His Leading Lady’ in June 2011, ‘Fragrance of Violets in February 2012’,‘Changing the Future’ in May 2012 and ‘Her Only Option’ in November 2012. Her next novel ‘Dream of Paris’ will be published in 2013.
She lives near Manchester in North-West England, and has two daughters and two grandsons. Apart from writing, she enjoys visiting new places and has travelled extensively in Britain, mainland Europe, the Middle East, America and Canada. Her favourite places are the English Lake District and Ireland. She’s also interested in musical theatre and tracing her family history.
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” (Mark Twain)
Fragrance of Violets is a story of two people who need to forgive each other and also deal with other issues in their lives.
Abbey Seton distrusts men, especially Jack Tremayne who destroyed their friendship when they were teenagers. Ten years later, they meet again. Can they put the past behind them?
Abbey has to forgive not only Jack, but also her father who deserted his family when she was young. Jack holds himself responsible for his fiancée’s death. He’s also hiding another secret which threatens the fragile resumption of his relationship with Abbey.
Will Abbey ever forgive him when she finds out the truth? ********
Jess Harper’s predictable life is turned upside down when she discovers that Lora, her twin sister, has disappeared. It’s just a week before rehearsals are due to start for a new West End musical in which Lora has the lead role. Jess decides to pose as her sister in order to save Lora’s career. This brings her into close contact with arrogant theatre director Kyle Drummond. Attraction sparks between them but there’s also evidence that he had been dating Lora. So is Jess simply a substitute – in real life as well as in the show? And what will happen when Lora eventually returns?
When farmer’s wife Maggie Sawbury gives birth to her fifth child, the only one that has lived and the result of an extra-marital affair, she is heartbroken and desperate. Maggie knows her joyless life with a bully of a husband is not one a child should endure, and she leaves the baby at the roadside to be found by passers-by.
Her money-driven husband announces he has found her another job in the village of Redgrave, aside from the many tasks she has on Windtop farm. He is totally unaware the position comes a secret. One that frightens and yet brings joy to Maggie. She is to become wet-nurse to her abandoned child.
Love and the possibility of incest threaten to open old wounds, and Maggie has several decisions to make. However, will they be the right ones? If she tells all she knows, it will bring about the destruction of three families. Equally, her silence could be just as destructive. She shares her secret with another, the result changes her life, and a death brings with it more secrets. Will Maggie stay or will she walk away and find the love she craves?
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Glynis Smy, (nee Honeycombe), was born and raised in the coastal town of Dovercourt, near Harwich, in the county of Essex, England.
She married her school sweetheart, Peter, in 1979 and they produced three amazing children, Darren, Nicola, and Emma. The long hours of a nursing career, and running two pharmacies ended in 2005, when she and her husband moved from the UK to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
Glynis spends her time writing historical novels, poetry and various other projects. When she is not tapping at the keyboard she makes greeting cards to sell for charity, or enjoys a spot of cross-stitch on the back porch. Failing that, she and friends sit chewing the fat over a glass of village wine.
An injured highwayman with a bounty on his head. A lady determined to save his life. Who will sacrifice the most in the name of love? Quentin Ellesbrooke has it all until he is betrayed by his lover, Katherine Prescott and her evil stepbrother Alastair. With danger nipping at his heels, the Ellesbrooke Bandit gets more than he bargains for when a beautiful lady saves his life. Soon the battle between honor and forbidden lust will begin. Skyler Weston is about to embark on an adventure wilder than she could ever imagine. After rescuing a stalwart highwayman from the brink of death, she becomes entangled in a web of hidden pleasures, danger and intrigue. Can this highwayman be trusted or is he a gentlemen rogue out for his own gain? Seduced by his mysterious past, she is torn between protecting her virginity and succumbing to the dark desires that lie dormant within her soul.
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Ms. Rivers is a native of Virginia and is currently living near the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and (of course) watching the History Channel. Long summer days and slow walks on the beach are just a few of her favorite things. She has traveled abroad visiting castles and monuments which have inspired her writing career. Brooklynn is an avid history buff that loves to incorporate elements of real life events in her stories.
Author Website: https://sites.google.com/site/brooklynnrivers/home ********
Ireland in 1919 is seething with violence, tension and divided loyalties – and so is the heart of the beautiful, wilful heiress Catherine O’Connell-Gort. For Catherine, by heritage, is a glittering symbol of British rule and oppression – yet by inclination she is a traitor to her class. A fervent supporter of Sinn Fein, she is also the secret lover of Sean Brennan, an IRA volunteer who is being hunted by the police for terrorism and murder.When the British government decides to meet terror with terror, Catherine finds herself in a position of even greater conflict. Her father, a colonel in British Military Intelligence, recruits Major Andrew Butler, battle-scarred war hero and Irish landlord, to assassinate IRA leader Michael Collins. He also decides that the dashing major would make the perfect husband for his headstrong daughter … In a violent climax of passion, guilt and betrayal, while her country hurtles towards civil war, Catherine faces and a agonising choice as she makes her final, fateful decision.
Hi. My name’s Tim Vicary and I’m an author and a university teacher at the Norwegian Study Centre at the university of York, England. I’ve written three crime/legal thrillers in ‘The Trials of Sarah Newby’ series, and I’m currently writing a fourth. I’ve also written four historical novels, two children’s books, and about twenty graded readers for foreign learners of English in the Oxford Bookworms series, published by Oxford University Press. In 2010 one of these, Titanic, was the winner in its category for the Language Learner Literature Award for the Extensive Reading Foundation, and another one, The Everest Story, won the same prize in 2011. A similar Factfile book, about Dinosaurs, has just been published this year.
My legal thriller, A Fatal Verdict, was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion in 2012, as one of the best independently published books of the year.
After meeting a man dubbed by her colleagues as “Mr. Drop Dead Gorgeous”, Meryl Chamblee is in danger of failing in her solemn commitments to family and career. As she struggles to prove herself in the competitive field of architectural design and desperately tries to preserve her family home, she must face new emotions and opportunities. Meryl can’t decide whether the handsome real-estate executive has ulterior motives or whether he’s the answer to her prayers. He professes to be drawn to her, but is he really, or is he just after her family’s property. How can she be sure?
Rona Simmons recently retired from thirty years in the world of corporate finance to pursue the call of her long suppressed creative side, including creative writing and photography. Though having written countless memos, letters, and reports and published business articles throughout her career, she is enjoying the freedom and creative aspects of fiction. In one short year, she has published two articles, one showcasing her photography, completed and submitted one short novel for potential publication, and is working on the second draft of a general fiction novel. She lives with her husband outside Atlanta, Georgia on eight wooded southern acres that provide inspiration for both her writing and photography.
Cowboy Temptation Series
After being laid off from her job, Cassandra Conner returns to her family’s farm where she was raised to care for her ailing grandfather, James Conner.
Colt Matthews, a trusted farmhand of her grandfathers for the past ten years, is the person Cassy has to rely on. That is until she becomes suspicious of Colt’s actions.
With the help of Lucas Harding, a local EMT, Cassy discovers evidence which makes her believe Colt is responsible for the murder of her grandfather.
As Cassy’s feelings for Colt grow, she wants to prove him innocent, but the evidence points otherwise. Trusting fate to prove his innocence, the twists and turns take Colt, Cassy and Lucas in a direction they never dreamed of. Point of purchase and Bio for this author: website www.cdeannerowe.com
A Shadow in the Past When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…
When nineteen year old Sarah Shand finds herself in Victorian Era Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she has no idea how she got there. Her last memory is of being at the stone circle on the family farm in the year 2010.
Despite having difficulty coming to terms with her situation, Sarah quickly learns she must keep her true identity a secret.
Still, she feels stifled by the Victorians’ confining social practices, including arranged marriages between wealthy and influential families, confronts them head on and suffers the consequences.
When Sarah realizes she has fallen in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, she faces an agonizing decision. Does she try to find her way back to 2010 or remain in the past with the man she loves?
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A Shadow in the Past is Melanie Robertson-King’s debut novel. Prior to turning her hand to fiction, she wrote articles and has been published in Canada, the US and the UK. In addition to writing, her interests include genealogy, photography and travel. On one of her trips to Scotland, she had the honor of meeting The Princess Royal. Melanie is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Ottawa Chapter. She lives in Brockville, Ontario, Canada along the shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River with her husband, son and oldest grandson.
Could you live a lifetime in twenty-four hours?
Jamie Randall came out of poverty to build an international conglomerate. His ambition fueled by hatred and past resentments, he took spectacular risks that paid off. But just when he thought he had everything he’d ever wanted, a close brush with death brought him face-to-face with the one thing that was missing in his life.
For fifteen years, he lived a lie. Now, as the world faces annihilation and waits helplessly for the end to come, Jamie Randall must make the choice he should have made so many years ago: will he grab that one slim chance to survive…or will he use those precious final hours to finally set things right?
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I’m the author of sixteen published novels: six romantic thrillers and one contemporary love story under my own name, nine romantic comedies under my Toni Collins pseudonym. Fourteen are conventionally-published via Berkley Publishing and Silhouette Books, two self-published–one in collaboration with my son, Collin.
******* Journey to Freedom An unlikely meeting… Marrissa is running away, as fast as her feet can carry her. After enduring the abuse at the hands of her employer for years, she has finally found the strength to strike out on her own, and now she has been unceremoniously thrust into an adventure with a man she doesn’t know. But things become more serious when she and her companion are taken in by the Cherokee. After enduring attempts on her life at the hands of a jealous wife, Marrissa must once again leave people behind and make her own way. But this time she might be leaving true love behind. An undying devotion… Greggory longs to be a free man. Facing the violent prejudices against him as a half breed, and running from the high price set on his head by the owner of the plantation he used to belong to, he never expected to find peace and happiness with the young woman at his side. But the more time he spends with Marrissa, the more he realizes she is the one for him, and when evidence points to her untimely demise, he vows to gain his freedom and love no one else. But fate might not be done with him yet, and Greggory may have a second chance at the life he first glimpsed in Marrissa’s eyes. A timeless love… Set amid the tumultuous backdrop of the American Civil War, Journey to Freedom, chronicles the harrowing misadventures of two star-crossed lovers through nineteenth century America, battling violence, prejudice, and the inherent struggles of their time. Join author K-Trina Meador for a touching saga of love, faith, and survival.
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Born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Texas since I was four years old, K-Trina Meador is the youngest of five children. Growing up in Cross Plains, Texas and being raised on a seventy acre farm gave me an appreciation for country life and the small town community.
My dream of being a successful author has been a dream that I held close to my heart for many years. Taking this story from computer to ink has been a long road. This road was filled with many rejections but in spite of them here it is, April 2012, with my first novel in print.
If there was only one thing that I could say to you, the very important person who is reading this right now, it is this – whatever may be the dream in your heart, giving up is not an option.
When the skeletal remains of a young woman and her baby are found entombed behind the kitchen wall of a historic Tudor house Cassandra is overcome with grief. She seems to know who the young woman was, but not how she knows, or how she came to be there. Cassandra becomes inexplicably drawn to the house and the mystery of the “Bones of Blackfriars.” As she begins to learn the truth about the Thorne siblings who occupied the house during the reign of Elizabeth I, her own life takes an unexpected turn, and she finds that her fate is linked to the Thornes in ways she never dreamed of.
Irina Shapiro was born in Moscow, Russia, and for the next eleven years lived the life of an ordinary Soviet child in then communist Russia, until her family’s emigration to the United States in 1982. Due to her love of reading, Irina was able to pick up English very quickly, and was an honor student throughout her school career.
After graduating from Bernard M. Baruch College in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, Irina worked in advertising for two years before shifting her focus to Import/Export. She worked her way up to the position of Import Manager in a large textile house before leaving the work force in 2007 to focus on her autistic son.
It wasn’t until Irina had been at home for some time that she began to write. Eventually the characters began to take on a life of their own and have conversations in her head and once she started writing her musings down the stories came easily enough. Irina incorporated her love of history and travel into her writing to create a rich and detailed background for the characters. Since then Irina has written five novels. She is currently working on a sequel to “The Hands of Time.”
Irina Shapiro lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
******** Daring Masquerade is a historical romance published on Amazon Kindle by Books We Love.
It is set during the 1st World War.
By the time Ross Calvert discovers Harry Martin is in fact Harriet Martin she has fallen in love with him. Realizing she has failed in her final effort to protect her shell-shocked brother, she puts a desperate proposition to Ross. Marry her and she will give him an heir.
Ross accepts. However, he is tormented by the betrayal of his former fiancée Virginia. On his honeymoon he meets her again and is still infatuated. With the army recalling him to the trenches of France, he faces a terrible dilemma. Taste Virginia’s passion before he marches off to war, or keep his marriage vows to Harry.
Margaret Tanner is a multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically accurate. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or cemetery too overgrown. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.
As part of her research she has visited the World War 1 battlefields in France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.
Margaret is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG) and EPIC. She won the 2007 and 2009 Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. Her novel Frontier Wife won the Best Historical Romance Novel at the 2010 Readers Favorite Award, and another novel, Wild Oats was a 2011 Finalist in the EPIC awards.
Margaret is married with three grown up sons, and a gorgeous little granddaughter.
Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion.
Books We Love
The Wild Rose Press.
Whiskey Creek Press. ******
Words of Spirit (fantasy/romance)
For centuries the Magisters have ruled the land, but their control is slipping as they squander their magic with reckless abandon. They need new Adepts to bolster their ranks and Magister Yamantheru reluctantly sets out to find some.Evicted from her home, Amaya just wants to get back what she’s lost, but when she accidentally angers a Magister, her life changes forever. A shortcut through the Tanglewyld becomes a rescue mission when Cabren stumbles across a frightened blind woman being chased by unknown men. Attraction grows between them as they hide from the Magister searching for her, but when Amaya discovers she has the potential to be a Magister herself, she must choose what she desires most.
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Author bio: Cheryl Corbin’s first job was picking up golf balls by hand on a driving range in the early–morning hours of summer. To entertain herself, she made up stories in which she saved the world. While she hasn’t managed world salvation yet, she still enjoys making up stories. She lives in Iowa and writes full time with her writing partner, Yuki, a Bichon Frise, though Yuki spends more time sleeping than contributing to the story in progress.
Cheryl has also released several short stories.
or chat with Cheryl on Twitter @cherylcorbin.*******
Once an Outlaw is part one in the coming together of three outlaws, at different points in their lives and careers. Most of the action takes place in and around a growing Negro settlement somewhere in northern Montana during the late eighteen hundreds. In the midst of gunplay, bank robbing, and kidnapping is the beginning of a love story and the start of trying friendships. Caine Fuller is an exceptional looking man as well as a gifted gunman and reluctant outlaw. His journey over the years leads him from Texas, where his name was made, to Montana. In a way, it is his last stop. He can’t go any further and he refuses to go back, especially, after meeting the smart and beautiful, adventurous, Veronica Murray. Even though things are a bit difficult, they quickly fall in love. Caine’s enemies are on his trail and because he wants Veronica, he decides not to run, but face any threat head on. Amazingly, Veronica proves to be a woman experienced with trouble. It is obvious to the female population that she has something in her past, yet Caine doesn’t question the integrity of the woman she seems to be. Puchase: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE Author Bio: I’ve lived most of my life in southeast Missouri, USA. After attending college in Memphis, Tennessee I spent several years in southern California. Though I enjoyed and appreciated the diverse cultures, I found I’m just a country girl at heart, and I’ve since moved back to Missouri. Missouri is where I’ve been able to put pen to paper and go! Writing a historical novel for me was a sweet and lovely experience because the old west to me is the one of most romantic times in American history. *********
After losing her husband and daughter in a plane crash, Boston social worker Jennifer Barrett is rebuilding her life. Finding solace in her work, Jennifer helps young client Mark Powell find work at the seniors’ residence where her father lives. After learning Mark hasn’t seen his father, an internationally-known broadcast journalist, in over four years, she can’t understand how a father could abandon his only son to chase war stories.
When Jennifer meets Ben Powell, she is prepared to dislike him, despite his charm and affable manner. But, when he reveals he’s been battling post-traumatic stress disorder, she realizes he didn’t want to bring his demons home to Mark, who has suffered from clinical depression. As Jennifer gets to know Ben, she realizes there may be room in her heart for laughter and new love.
Lana Fitzpatrick, a close friend of Jennifer’s and a young nurse helping care for Jennifer’s father, is also a widow, raising her young son Danny alone. As Lana gets to know her handsome co-worker, Mark Powell, and sees him bonding with Danny, she finds her heart swelling with love. But, with his personal history, can he be trusted with their hearts?
As new family bonds form, all discover the power of friendship and love to overcome loss so they can face life with renewed hope.
What Mary says about her book Winds of Change
I’ve always read that you should write about what you know. And in a very real sense, I am with Winds of Change. While I did extensive research on Boston, sailing and plant varieties, the ‘what I know’ part came from my heart. Readers will see a theme in my novels – disparate people being brought together and blending to build a new family. It’s what I didn’t have as a child and grew up yearning for. Now my characters will get their happy ever after because it’s my book and we’ll work together to make it happen!
I’m going out on an official dinner date. Jennifer rolled that thought around in her head as she closed up for the night and got the kettle ready for her morning tea. A real date with a good-looking man who looks to have some fire left in him.
Getting ready for bed, she wandered over to her closet and turned on the light inside. What to wear tomorrow night? She dug into the back of the closet and drew out her favorite little black dress. It was a classic. She checked the size tag and realized with some surprise it might actually be loose on her. Between yoga, spinning and all her other activities she had come down at least one size and maybe two.
Oh happy day, she thought. At last, a dress that didn’t shrink in the closet when I wasn’t looking. She decided to try it on just to be sure. A moment later she looked at herself in the mirror. Even without makeup she had to agree she still looked pretty good. No high heels any more but the copper-toned patent pumps looked pretty. Add a bit of jewelry, a wide belt to show off her trimming waistline and she might turn a head or two. Just one certain head would be fine.
I have a date! Better get my beauty sleep, she thought, and toddled off towards the large roomy bed that might have a visitor soon. She mentally wiped out that thought, ordering herself to get her mind back into safer territory. But, the idea snuck right back in. The handsome man she’d secretly lusted after for years was now flesh and blood. And, he was a completely down to earth human being who was fascinating to talk to and very easy to look at. Who knew a man could be eye candy at his age?
Jennifer mentally chided herself for letting her imagination run wild. But, it wasn’t her imagination. Ben was very real, very male and very, very tempting. Who could resist? She smiled dreamily and snuggled into her pillow.
Mary lives and breathes writing and editing. When not working as a writer/editor in her day job, she’s editing novels and manuscripts or working on one of her novels. With Winds of Change as her debut in women’s fiction, New Beginnings will follow this fall with a strong suspense angle. Road to Tomorrow comes up next and continues her small-town series featuring a cast of warm and not-so-warm characters.
Each of Mary’s novels deal with social and medical issues as sub-themes. Winds of Change explores PTSD and clinical depression, while New Beginnings looks into the socio/psychopathic personality. Road to Tomorrow exposes some of the life-changing effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries through a secondary character. Never clinical, each story is focused on the main characters and their journey towards a more fulfilling future.
Mary coined the moniker Lakefront Muse to reflect on the influence that living by the water in rural Quebec, Canada has on her writing inspiration. A lifelong swimmer and Cancerian water baby, being by the water allows her a place to let her imagination work its magic.
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Lisa Marshall is stunned when celebrated volcanologist Paul Hamilton comes back into her life at the college where she now teaches. Despite their acrimonious break-up several years earlier, they soon realise the magnetic attraction between them is stronger than ever. However, the past is still part of the present, not least when Paul discovers Lisa has a young son. They can’t change that past, but will it take a volcanic eruption to help them change the future?
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Paula Martin lives near Manchester in North West England and has two daughters and two grandsons.
She had some early publishing success with four romance novels and several short stories, but then had a break from writing while she brought up a young family and also pursued her career as a history teacher for twenty-five years. She has recently returned to writing fiction, after retiring from teaching and is thrilled to have found publishing success again with her contemporary romances.
Apart from writing, she enjoys visiting new places. She has travelled extensively in Britain, mainland Europe, America and Canada – and a few years ago she fell in love with Ireland which she visits at least twice a year. Her other interests are musical theatre and tracing her family history.
ANGELS AT MIDNIGHT
Ashley Hollister’s world was shattered when she lost custody of her only child…
Collin Deverell’s inheritance was destroyed by his ambitious twin brother…
From Publishers Weekly:
Set primarily in the glamorous art milieus of San Francisco and Manhattan, Beishir’s (Dance of the Gods) novel makes exciting stopovers in Monte Carlo, Venezuela, Big Sur and other exotic locales. The pages are rife with sizzling sex, suspense and conflict, expertly paced, as both hero and heroine are motivated to bend the law by a powerful need for revenge. Abby Giannini, who has changed her name to Ashley Gordon, loses custody of her son in a vicious court battle with her deceased husband’s parents. Collin Deverell, heir to an oil fortune, trades his share in his late father’s company for the rights to his mother’s art and jewelry estate. But when his ambitious twin Justin defrauds him of his inheritance, Collin too has a score to settle. Collin and Ashley’s joint quest for justice and lusty romance make for compulsive reading.
–Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information Inc.
CHASING THE WIND
Who is Connor Mackenzie?
Is he the result of an illegal experiment…or is he the prophet foretold in an ancient text discovered in the Sinai wilderness? This is the question he and his pregnant wife must answer in a race against time across four continents to save their unborn child as they try to stay one step ahead of an international think tank with an unthinkable agenda…a pair of FBI agents investigating a series of abductions of gifted children…and an obsessed photojournalist who believes he’s stumbled onto the biggest story of his career….
Chasing the Wind is the first book in a series. Book Two, An Army of Angels, will be available Fall 2012!
Growing up in late nineteenth century East London, Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets.
With her ever-watchful father and living surrogate family though, Kitty feels protected from harm. In fact, she feels so safe that while Whitechapel cowers under the cloud of a fearsome murderer, she strikes out on her own, moving into new premises to accommodate her sewing business.
But danger is closer than she thinks. In truth, it has burrowed itself right into her heart in the form of a handsome yet troubled bachelor, threatening everything she holds dear. Will Kitty fall prey to lust – and death – herself, or can she find the strength inside to fight for her business, sanity and her future?
And who is the man terrifying the streets of East London?
Glynis Smy Historical Romance Author/Poet
Author of: Ripper, My Love
About the author:
Glynis Smy was born in England, in the coastal town of Dovercourt, near Harwich. She left town to nurse in London, and lived there for the first few months of her marriage. Three children, two pharmacies, a nursing career later, she is now free to write. Emigrating to Cyprus with her husband in 2005, enabled her to concentrate upon writing poetry.
Having always kept her poems in a drawer, Glynis decided to celebrate her fiftieth birthday by publishing them in a book. This was followed by a second, and she was contacted by a writer who told her she enjoyed reading her work. An on-line friendship formed, and for three years they communicated every day.
Reading a short story written by Glynis, her friend commented it would be better as a novel, and encouraged her every step of the way. Sadly the family contacted Glynis and told her that her friend had passed away. This was the day Glynis wrote The End on the novel. Slowly the writing world rallied around and drew Glynis into the community. Courage to set up a blog and share her work paid off, and novel two was completed with the support of a new mentoring friend.
Glynis loves the Victorian era, and gets carried away with researching for her novels, often procrastinating for hours on an attractive website or two. ****************************************
Two damaged people with harrowing pasts, one with deadly visions of the future—both must confront their deepest fears before they lose themselves and each other.
Kidnapped by human monsters, Grace Thorne was ripped from her quiet intellectual life and left deeply scarred. She’s hidden herself for five years, but there’s no escape from the nightmares of the past, or visions of the future. When one foretells tragedy, she gambles her fragile defenses on a haunted man to prevent it—only to discover love is the biggest risk of all.
Jack Daggery doesn’t need a mirror to know why people avoid him, but he doesn’t really care. After years working deep undercover, immersed in betrayal and death, all he wants is some peace and the quiet security company he co-owns.
Dagger has no idea why the foul-mouthed little server of questionable gender bothers him. But he does know that living with the ghosts of his past was hard enough without being tormented by the mysterious thorn in his side—or finding how much he needs her.
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Rhea Rhodan resides in Minnetonka, Minnesota and has been telling herself stories since long before she could write. She attended the University of Minnesota with a focus on Journalism, then Brown Institute for Broadcast Journalism. After many adventures, misadventures, and a couple of short marriages, she found the love of her life in Regensburg, Germany, and has been living happily ever after since.
She journaled those adventures extensively (some might say rabidly) beginning in middle school, but didn’t combine her writing and her story-telling until several years ago, when one of them got out of hand. As she tells it, the story grabbed her by the throat and shook her like a rag doll until she had the entire thing written down. A full-length fantasy novel with a strong romantic element, it took over a year to write and edit. Although the bones of the story were good, Rhea felt she had more to learn about the craft of writing before it could be submitted to a publisher. While honing her skills (a delightfully never-ending task), she wrote a sequel to that story, and a third of another before writing and submitting her debut romance novel, Finding Grace, for publication. She is currently writing and editing up a storm in an effort to keep up with her muse.
Since childhood, her stories have always had a twist of magic or a touch of the paranormal. When asked why she chooses to write romance, she says, “Because I believe in happy endings. While there may be no guarantees in real life, there are certainly no real happy endings without considerable risk, effort, and faith, either. If you can’t dream it, how can you expect to live it? I want to offer possibilities for others to dream it, so they, too, can experience this kind of fulfillment.”
She welcomes feedback and fan mail :>). You can join her on Facebook, too. Rhea is always happy to meet new friends.
Psychology professor Vanessa Paris receives word that her father has disappeared from his fishing boat in Puget Sound and rushes to her childhood home in the San Juan Islands to try to help find him. Tragedy has been no stranger to Vanessa–years ago her mother died and more recently, her brother. The possibility of losing her father now is almost too much to bear.
But when Vanessa arrives at the family owned tourist lodge, she meets Lowell Maxwell, who offers to help her search for her father. Back in high school, Vanessa harbored a secret, unrequited crush on Lowell. Now, he’s a tough, jaded cop on leave from L.A., working for her father as a carpenter on a temporary basis, and even more dangerously appealing.
Vanessa and Lowell are like sunshine and darkness. Despite her losses, she focuses on positive action and the good in people. Lowell, however, chases down the bad guys, flirts with danger, sometimes even death–and he’s determined he’ll soon return to the force in L.A.
Is there still a chance of finding Vanessa’s father alive and well? Can she take a chance on loving Lowell, risking the possibility of his dying too? And what is the dark secret that has driven him back home, a secret that has convinced him there’s no longer any room in his heart for love?
“Sydell Voeller has a magic touch with description. I could almost feel the sea spray misting my face as Vanessa Paris sailed across Puget Sound and hear the splash of water as the crab pots were hauled in and the day’s catch tallied. Oh, yes, and the rustic mailboxes with wild blackberries growing nearby. What a lovely place to live. And I got to visit there for a while.”
– Kathy Ishcomer, Under the Covers Book Reviews
“A romantic suspense that does a good job keeping the reader guessing who did it. Fisherman’s Daughter has opened my eyes to a whole new avenue of fresh romance stories. I know I’ll try another and I highly recommend all readers do too.” – WCRG on AOL Reviewer Board
“Ms. Voeller has chosen a great setting for her book, and takes the reader there with her knack for subtle details. I could easily picture the wild and rugged Tawanya Island and the eclectic assortment of people who inhabit it.”
– Rhapsody Magazine
“The mystery surrounding Vanessa’s father’s disappearance was nicely done. Author Voeller set up why and whodunits very neatly. Suspense, tension, and then resolution followed each other right on cue.”
– Teri Dohmen, Crescent Blues Book Reviews
“I read The Fisherman’s Daughter in one sitting. It was a page turner for sure. The unexpected mix of heated romance and heart-wrenching intrigue made for an unforgettable e-book that I would recommend to any romance aficionado. Reunited friends Vanessa Paris and Lowell Maxwell have the perfect amount of tension between them that is only augmented by the disappearance of Vanessa’s father. Set in Puget Sound, the beautiful description of this seaside town will have you longing for salty air and sunset sailing. This is definitely a must read.” – Trinch Books
“Sydell Voeller has created a sweet romance full of passion and mystery. Ms. Voeller is a talented author and I look forward to reading her future works.”
– Sadonna Grandstaff, Word Museum
Sydell website is www.sydellvoeller.com The Fisherman’s Daughter can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/The- Fishermans-Daughter-ebook/dp/B00727LIBY
Sydell Voeller grew up in Washington State, but has lived in Oregon for over thirty years. Throughout her twenty-year writing career, her published novels for teens and adults have reflected her love for the Pacific Northwest’s ocean beaches, inlets and waterways, evergreen forests, and mountains. Sydell resides in Oregon with her husband. They married in 1971 and have two sons.
Pet lovers, the Voellers have provided a home for several cats, a dog, gerbils, hamsters, and a turtle–but not all at the same time! A small rodent cemetery still occupies one corner of their backyard. She and her husband enjoy camping, reading, playing Scrabble, day trips to the Oregon coast, and spending time with their granddaughter and pampered feline.
When Sydell isn’t writing, she enjoys camping, walking, amateur astronomy, reading, and surfing the web. In 1987 after the publication of her first novel, she was named by the Washington County Mushaw Center, Woman of the Year in Communications.
Formerly a registered nurse, Sydell now teaches writing correspondence courses, sponsored by the Long Ridge Writer’s Institute (a home study course in writing short stories and articles) in West Redding, Connecticut.
********************************** Published on the anniversary of the Civil War, Alice Lynn’s Volunteer for Glory is a timely read. Lynn’s interest in the Civil War was sparked after dreaming of a beautiful girl and the two men who loved her. A common enough theme, but was it enough for a book? The sticking point was the background. When her characters proved resistant to relocating to another place and time, she decided to do some research.
When a graduate student in military history took her to the library at Portland State Univeristy,
she gained access to The Official Records of the War Between the States. Several history books later, the hook was set.
Battle scenes were written with books and maps spread over the room, so that troop movements could be plotted with accuracy. Of course, her characters and their regiments were fictional, but they were attached to real life commanders. And it was vitally important that justice be done to these bloody struggles.
The heroine’s life also profited from the research and the exploration of a woman’s struggle when her husband is at war, and she finds that her heart is divided as well.
The result is Volunteer for Glory.
When Stuart, Rachel’s husband, joins the volunteer cavalry, she will have to find the grit and determination to survive on the small Illinois farm. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with Jared Westbrook, a handsome neighbor. United in war, the two men are divided by love for the same woman. Who will Rachel choose? Or will the war itself make the decision for her?
Alice’s writing background includes features for local newspapers and poetry published in magazines such as The Archer, Runestones, and Up The Wall, Mother. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Marylhurst University in 1999. Alice lives with her husband Bill, their four cats, and the occasional stray peacock in Beaver Creek, Oregon in the United States.