Sunday, May 6, 2012

New in the Flower Basket Series from Wild Rose Press

I'm excited to join the Flower Basket series with my latest novella "Painting the Roses Red," due to be released Tuesday, May 15 from The Wild Rose Press. Here's a preview:
To support her struggling family, Lacie Collins slaves as the under-appreciated personal assistant to the spoiled Mavis Reddington. Lacie doesn't mind the hard work as long as it allows her to stand on her own two feet. Then Mavis's brother, the charming, compassionate Dr. Alden Llewellyn, arrives for a visit. He's the sort of man she could come to depend on — and nothing scares Lacie more.
Alden admires Lacie's integrity and dedication to her family. He wants to help her make a better life for them — a life he can share. Her refusal to trust him is like a slap in the face. Alden doesn't know how to break down the walls around Lacie's heart, but he's not about to back down from the challenge.

Too stunned to reply, she blinked hard to make sure she wasn’t seeing things. Finally, Lacie decided Alden and her car really were there, both parked in front of her house. She stepped off the porch and cautiously advanced. Her foggy brain managed to produce the query, “What are you doing here?”
“I couldn’t sleep.” He shrugged. “So I got up early and looked at your car.”
“You fixed it?” Should she be glad for his help or irritated because he was here again after he’d agreed to stay away?
“I’d like to say ‘yes.’ I used to be pretty good at tinkering with cars, but I don’t have time for that particular hobby any more.”
“If you didn’t fix the car, how did you get it here?” Lacie stopped, still several steps away. That was close enough, she decided.
A crooked little grin appeared on his face and her heart skipped a beat. Irritated, Lacie decided. She was very irritated with him. At least that’s what her head told her.
“Lucky for you, Mavis’s chauffeur also likes to get up early,” Alden replied. “You just needed new spark plugs and a few other adjustments. Did you realize you left the key in the ignition?”
She hadn’t but chose to ignore that question. “So my car is fixed! How can I thank you?”
“Let me take you out for breakfast.”
Lacie’s delight faded. “Alden, remember what you said last night about staying away?” His cute little grin widened into a mischievous smile.
“Nope, I’ve completely forgotten everything I said last night.”

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter Romance

I love winter. I know it's not a favorite with most people because of the cold and maybe also because winter is often associated with death. But to me, winter is magical. Tiny snowflakes come together to create fluffy white blankets that transform the landscape. Frost sparkles from tree branches and adds glitter to rooftops and windowpanes. I find the cold invigorating. For a few minutes. Then I like winter best as viewed from an easy chair with a mug of tea or cocoa and a good book.

One of my favorite fairy tales is the winter-themed Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. It was the inspiration for Snow Blind, published by White Rose Publishing.

A woman scarred by the past... Spurred by obligation, Robin Spencer drives through blizzard conditions to find the one person she never wanted to see again: Shale Anderson. When her trip turns deadly, Robin's only hope is to trust this man who broke her heart. But can she, when he's more like the dark, reclusive hero in the graphic novels he creates than the caring Shale she once knew? A man in need of forgiveness... Shale Andersen is poison. When the only woman he's ever loved shows upon his doorstep, he'll do anything to send her away. If he doesn't, he will end up ruining her life, or worse, killing her-just like every other woman who's ever gotten close to him. A danger so complete, it threatens to consume them both... Robin's only chance at happiness lies in acceptance. Shale's only chance at freedom lies in forgiveness. Can they weather the storm and begin their lives anew, or will someone with a thirst for revenge destroy their future?

Other winter-themed romances from White Rose Publishing include:

Snow Kissed by Cindy K. Green
Today is one of those days Logan Reilly wished he'd stayed in bed. Not only does he have to deal with the annoying Winter Wonderland Carnival but his close friend, that whimsical lover of snow, Holly Armstrong, is leaving town forever. The question is, why didn't she tell him and why today, of all days, does he realize she might be more than a friend? Holly can no longer stay in town knowing the man she loves only sees her as a friend. It's time to move on. Besides, she has other career prospects. As the carnival unfolds, watch God work in amazing ways. Can He change Holly's mind and make her stay? Can He help Logan see beyond the friendship? Only time can tell.

Winter Madness by Pamela S. Thibodeaux
Sienna has survived what most succumb to--the death of a spouse and child--and she has maintained her faith despite her troubles. William has never met anyone who actually lived out what they say they believe. Is it true love between the faithful optimist and broody pessimist or simply winter madness?
Hyacinths in Winter by Nicola Beaumont
Mistakes forged in the past create a steely present for Maggie Carpenter, but when her mother dies, and Maggie returns to her home town, she rediscovers her desire for true happiness and a life with the only man she's ever loved. But will forgiveness be easy to find and accept, or will her sins taint her future forever?