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 HOOKED ON YOU 

When Shay McDaniels learns that her father has been receiving threatening letters she heads down to his resort in the Keys. Frustratingly, he refuses to call the police, determined to handle matters on his own.

Private investigator Chase Reynolds has no idea the woman he meets on the beach, the one whose son is determined to ‘catch his mommy a man’, is James Lansing’s daughter. James had assured him that his daughter was safely away in Miami. So when he sees the woman he’d met on the beach talking to James, even hugging him, Chase regretfully moves her to the top of his suspect list.

It’s not until James invites them both to join him in his private dining room that they discover each other’s true identities. Lansing convinces Chase to become his daughter’s personal bodyguard until the situation with the threats is taken care of. Being thrown together twenty-four seven is the last thing Chase wants, considering the unexpected feelings he has for Shay. Distraction can make a man careless. But he accepts, determined to protect her and her son with his life.

For the first time since her divorce, a man stirs Shay’s passion. More importantly, he makes her son smile. The last thing she expects is to fall for her ‘bodyguard’, a man determined to keep his heart at bay, but she does just that. Can she convince Chase he really is her happily-ever-after? Or will secrets uncovered ruin any chance of a future together?

Humor…Romance…A touch of suspense…A story to warm your heart and make you laugh!

 HERO OF HER HEART

Since her divorce two years before, Kelsie Collins has been determined to guard her heart and steer clear of seemingly ‘perfect’ men. An easy task considering the kind of men her matchmaking mother and her best friend, Nanci, keeps setting her up with. She allows them to set her up, knowing their hearts are in the right place and that there is no risk of her letting any man close enough to hurt her again. Her growing experience in ways to slip out of those ‘dates from hell’ prompts her to start writing a bad date survival guide. One aptly titled - OPERATION: DATE ESCAPE. And it’s during one of those escapes that sexier than sin firefighter Cole Maxwell comes to her rescue.

Cole isn’t sure what to think when the sexy redhead he’s just ‘rescued’ from a bad date informs him that he’s too ‘perfect’ to date. That’s a first. He’s had relationships end because the women couldn’t handle the risks that go along with his chosen profession, but never because he’s too perfect.

When his crew gets called out to rescue someone who is stuck in a tree, Cole finds himself once again coming to Kelsie’s rescue. This time he’s not about to let her get away without agreeing to give him a chance, even holding her high heels hostage to make it happen. She finally gives in and things heat up between them like a 3-alarm fire. But there’s more than passion between them and Cole sets out to prove to Kelsie that he’s nowhere near ‘perfect’, but he is the ‘perfect’ man for her. Can he get past the wall she’s built up around her heart? Or will he end up being just another chapter in her book of men she ran from?

*Operation: Date Escape was a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist as well as a finalist in the American Title III Competition put on by Romantic Times and Dorchester Publishing.*

 A LITTLE BIT OF SUGAR 

A LITTLE BIT OF SUGAR is a humorous contemporary romance short story:

Twenty-two year old, Gina Stewart, lives with her somewhat eccentric family in Little Florence, Ohio, a small town on the outskirts of Cleveland. Despite his fair skin and bright red hair, her father, Scottish by descent, is determined to be Italian and he’s convinced the rest of her family to be Italian, too. If that isn’t embarrassing enough, her hunky neighbor, Anthony Carboni, puts her name on the ballot for Little Florence’s Sausage Queen and she wins. His revenge for her ruining his date with that sleaze bag - Lucia Manetti. Her humiliation doesn’t end there. Her post-college job search leads to one disaster after another. And Anthony’s determination to get her to date him only complicates matters. The last thing she wants is to be just another female passing through the revolving door of Anthony Carboni’s love life. Even if she’s had a huge crush on him forever.

Will Gina find her true calling in life? Can Anthony convince Gina he’s the right man for her?