Jenny Miller sells cars. She is one of the best in a tough profession where her gender is the sharpest of two-edged swords. Driven by the kind of internal engine that serves any breakout salesman in the sexist seventies and eighties, she dominates the showroom floor until one day she decides to move with her children to coastal North Carolina for a new start. Dr. David Sandler is a prominent psychiatrist specializing in hypnotism. When his personal life takes an unexpected turn, he devises a way to use his patients to help him out. The fact that they don’t know how helpful they are being makes it easier for him to control things, even their deaths. He falls in love with Jenny and is determined to make her his bride. After all, she is already the mother of his child, though she doesn’t know it. Colin Gregory Scott, a recently retired police detective looking for a new direction for his life following an unwanted divorce, takes a private investigating job referred by a friend. With the case finally behind him, he takes his son to the North Carolina coast to establish a bond, to renew his spirit and think about his next career. Little does he know that this will ultimately connect all the avenues of his life.
Cassie Andrews has come to Brunswick County to build the controversial high-rise bridge to the idyllic barrier island of Sunset Beach. She gets more than she bargained for when she stumbles onto a murder and meets Michael Troy, the cop who will light a passion in her that she doesn’t know she has. As she struggles to prove herself and fit into the community, Michael tries to solve the murder of one of the island’s most disdained citizens. Had he hated the idea of the new bridge so much that it had cost him his life? Just whom had he upset this time? Michael wanted a southern bride, a gently-bred woman of the south so why was this little imp, who liked to play in the dirt with her Tonka toys, turning him inside out?
What Dreams Are Made Of
This book is for women who like to read romantic stories of love that include the sensual aspects of a man and a woman as they fall in love. Each story is meant to be read in one night as a substitute date. When a woman finds herself alone when she’d really rather be with somebody special, all she has to do is run her finger down the list and select her “date” for the evening. She can choose the man of her dreams from the occupations listed: State Trooper, Airline Pilot, Myrtle Beach Biker, Country Singer and Charity Date. They are all the ultimate in fantasy. Once she’s made her choice, she can settle in for an evening of romance and love with the very essence of what dreams are made of–fantasy and desire. Each story follows a particular hero and heroine as they meet, discover their attraction for each other and ultimately fall in love. The heroes are strong, sensuous and commanding while still vulnerable enough to fall in love. They are the men women dream about. The women who read the stories are the heroines. They are everyday working women, always believing that they are on the verge of meeting their perfect love. They are women who love to dream. In each scenario the sexual tension is allowed to build before circumstances finally permit the hero and heroine to express their passions and the curtain does not close for the reader, who is permitted to fully find out What Dreams Are Made Of.
Imagine being saved by a state trooper just seconds before being raped, then never wanting to be saved from him. Imagine being swept off your feet by a dashing pilot when you’re engaged to be married, and having the best night of your life before having to tell him good-bye. Imagine being somewhat of a prude and suddenly finding yourself on the back of a Harley holding on to a man who makes your toes curl. Imagine finally meeting the famous country singer that you’ve idolized for years and not even knowing that he’s spending a fortune trying to find you again. Imagine being a man, auctioned off to a woman who hadn’t meant to win you at all. A woman too beautiful for words who has an ache in her heart that threatens to melt yours. Imagine being the center of every fantasy–the fantasies that dreams are made of.
I hope this will be a book that finds its way into a woman’s nightstand drawer; its pages soft from use as the stories are read over and over. These fantasy men are willing and available to any woman who wants to get to know them, if only on paper.
Michele’s daughter Amanda is dying, and the only chance Michele has to save her, is to have a baby. Precious stem cells harvested from a sibling’s umbilical cord are Amanda’s only hope. Michele is a widow, so conceiving a baby is no little matter. She turns to Michael, the only man who can’t refuse her. As Michele’s body blossoms with new life, Michele and Michael soon discover something else is growing–a tender, yet passionate love. Together, as they deal with Michele’s pregnancy and awaken to desire that is undeniable, they find they must face and accept their painful past.
Shipwrecked is a story of love so strong it survives time and treachery. It is a story of forensic discovery rich with southern history. A Confederate soldier’s body is discovered under the remains of a buried Civil War ship. The wreck, uncovered in the aftermath of a hurricane on the North Carolina coast, holds secrets that will change lives. A reluctant pathologist, Dr. Ben Kenyon, is sent to identify the body and tie up the loose ends for the state. One of those “loose ends” turns out to be Shelby Laine, an inspector for the Division of Coastal Area Management. She is a willful woman, passionate in more ways than one in her dedication to preserving the history and coastal environment of the South. Ben and Shelby work together to unravel the poignant story of a plantation owner’s son and the slave woman he loved. They also find a deep attraction to each other. The history of a beautiful southern plantation is changed forever by their discovery of passion, desire, and love.
There’s a serial killer in Wilmington and he calls himself The Voyeur. He forces women to do unspeakable, deviant acts that must be videotaped so he can watch. His lewd demands are the ransom he requires for the safe return of their kidnapped children. When The Voyeur takes a child, he leaves a list of things the mother must do to have her child safely returned. If the instructions are not followed, the child will die—he has proven that. Laura, a gently-bred southern socialite, must approach a stranger in a bar, lead him to a motel room and have sex with him knowing there’s a camera concealed in the television recording everything. Paige, a devout Christian, must service a man she’s just met while a webcam focuses on them. The man she arranges to meet is her pastor. Meggie, a dedicated operating room nurse, has to be caught flagrante delicto by her extremely jealous ex-husband. The man she has to be discovered with is his best friend and tennis partner, the new resident surgeon at her hospital. The women The Voyeur targets are single mothers devoted to their children, with nowhere to turn when they discover that their child is missing and that he has them. Three single men, in either the right place or the wrong place, are alerted to their plight and come to their rescue. By doing so, their lives are altered forever. Kel, Caison and Rand, strong men of good character, get much more than they bargained for when they step in to help three desperate women. This is a novel focusing on the deviant mind of a sexual predator as well as on the romance of three couples dealing with the most unusual circumstances of their meeting. The man who comes to Laura’s rescue is Kel Vain, a tormented detective who is trying frantically to catch the kidnapper terrorizing his community. He is obsessed with capturing the vile monster who holds the power of love in his hands. For it is well known that this evil man won’t hesitate to kill the child of a woman who won’t do his bidding. And Detective Vain knows he can’t bear the sight of another young body being pulled from the river. Detective Kel Vain comes to Laura Wyndham’s rescue when her daughter is snatched. He becomes the stranger this single mom must proposition and be videotaped with. It is a sexual episode unlike anything either could ever have imagined. As Kel spends his days trying to capture the demented killer, his nights are tortured by thoughts of the proper society woman that he made the most incredible love to. This was a challenging book to write. I wanted to convey the fear these women felt in an almost hopeless situation, their obvious hesitation to do the kidnapper’s bidding, yet their steely determination to do whatever it took to get their children back. The men, while not quite so traumatized, have their own emotions to deal with as they first take charge and fulfill the ransom demands, then strive to protect the women they are coming to think of as theirs.
Father Steve became a priest because he had to. Now, years later those reasons no longer apply and he is having serious doubts about spending the rest of his life in the priesthood. Although he loves teaching at a Catholic university, he is not sure this is the life meant for him. The uncertainties that weigh heavily on his mind escalate after he discovers that one of his favorite students has been masquerading as a boy. An innocent brush during a pickup basketball game jolts his senses and he instantly realizes that Micky, who has been posing as a young man, is really Michelle.
When Micky becomes the housekeeper and is moved into the rectory, he is sorely tempted to turn the innocent waif into an indoctrinated woman. Late one night, in the rectory kitchen, when he discovers her hand-me-down nightgown is more than twice her size (as well as transparent when backlit), he decides to buy her one of her own. He knows he’s in trouble when, sans collar for this venture, he is not able to touch the smooth satins and cool silks without imagining her petite curves underneath.
During the semester he and Micky share many confidences, and soon they are sharing more than just their thoughts. His body, denied satiation for so long, burns for hers. However, it is not just his body that can’t be denied, it is also his heart.
But all is not what it seems in this college town. With so many parish priests, what are the odds that he’d be the one to hear the confession of the serial rapist who murdered his mother and sister so many years ago? How can he keep the sanctity of his vows while every fiber in his being is calling for him to kill the man who had destroyed his life?
As he retreats to Assisi to deal with conflicting emotions about leaving the priesthood and the intense feelings he has for the woman he is coming to love, a chance encounter with Micky makes her the murderer’s next target. When Father Steve discovers she is in danger, the sacredness of his vocation no longer concerns him; all he cares about is her.
In the first book of the RV series, we meet Carrie Roberts who has just run away from her abusive husband. She has figured out how she can finally get away and slip into a new, anonymous life. Deciding to become a full time RVer to evade the man who will surely stop at nothing to find her, she takes off in her new motorhome. As she travels the country familiarizing herself with her new home, the campgrounds she visits become her world. During Carrie’s travels she meets Daniel and Angelina, a father and his five-year old daughter. Carrie is stunned when days later she discovers Angelina’s picture on a Missing Children’s Network bulletin board at a local Wal-Mart. Her curiosity gets the best of her and even as she enlists the help of a rugged, virile federal agent, she is drawn to discover Daniel’s secret. It’s a chase across the country as an angry federal agent named Brick Tyler rues the day he met the petite stunner named Carrie Roberts.
The whimsical, day-to-day life of a full time RVer is highlighted as Carrie makes her way west trying to stay one step ahead of the exasperated and highly capable Brick Tyler, who is determined to catch up to her and throw her in jail for her double-crossing actions.
Talk about an identity crisis! I have changed my name from Debbie, to Carrie, to Jenny, all in an effort to keep my husband from finding me. But I keep running, and lately all I’m doing is running into trouble. In Oregon I discover that my neighbors are doing something despicable inside their mega-yacht RV, and then I meet a soldier returning from Iraq who’s trying to find the girl he fell in love with, yet all he has to go on is a picture of her with a snowman. In California, my neighbors have a very unique family arrangement—one wife, two husbands. Later, I manage to get myself and my new pet lizard stranded in Death Valley. I’m baking in my RV, which has become an oven, when I’m rescued by a cowboy in a limousine and am whisked away to his luxury resort. Meanwhile, Brick, my boy toy (even though we have never really “toyed”), continuously turns up at the wrong time when things are not as they seem. I say boy toy, because I am definitely not ready to have a “boyfriend” yet. Especially as no matter what I do, I cannot seem to keep my jealous husband from finding me. Stupidly, I walk right into his trap and the nightmares I’ve been having become my reality. Brick’s a federal agent, and busy trying to catch predators and child molesters, including the one who took his sister four years earlier, but I know without a doubt that he’ll rescue me. I may drive him crazy, but I know that he loves me, and that he’ll find me before it’s too late.
For Jenny, our intrepid RVer, the excitement never ends. Staying one step ahead of her abusive husband, who is more determined than ever to find her, she now faces more danger reuniting a missing child with her rightful parents. Her efforts lead to a break in a four-year-old case that is close to Brick’s heart, and take her to the largest RV rally in the country where her mission is to rescue her sexy cop’s little sister from the man who kidnapped her. Jenny, afraid to involve Brick in another false lead, is determined to handle this without him knowing.
Being courageous in the face of danger is what Brick gets paid for, but he’s not so brave in his personal life. Once he discovers his passionate feelings for Jenny, it’s not his job that has him chasing after her—it’s the fear of losing her. Having been afraid to express his love for Jenny, he’s now ready to commit to a relationship. But with Jenny getting into one mishap after another, it’s hard to find the time to show her what she means to him. Jenny, realizing this is the kind of love she’s always dreamed of, is ready to do anything to get Brick’s family back together.
Valiant, daring, and full of life, Jenny is becoming the woman she was born to be as she adapts to the RVing life she was meant to live. As anyone who’s been camping knows, it’s the people you meet along the way who color the tale—so enjoy the journey!
Named for the island off the California coast, Catalina, or Cat as her friends call her, is a widow. She has grieved for four long years and now her mother is trying to get her to put herself back together and to perhaps find love again.
A rash promise Cat makes to her mother has her taking a hard look at herself; it’s time for a makeover—well, past time if truth were told. And why, oh why, had she let her screwball friends talk her into casting that Affecting Spell on an old oak tree? For her mom, she promises to go on six dates before her mother’s upcoming birthday. For her zany friends, she chants to a tree on the golf course behind her house.
As Cat brutally assesses the changes that need to be made if she’s to fulfill her promise, she is shocked to realize that she is ready to find someone new, to see if there could possibly be a man who can make her happy again. Three months isn’t a lot of time to get back in shape and to get out and circulate, but without exception, Cat has always kept her promises to her mother. And maybe, just maybe, finding true love can start with believing in a little magic.
Catalina of Live Oaks is the first in The Widows of Sea Trail trilogy, it’s a spicy romance set on the North Carolina Coast at Sea Trail Plantation in Sunset Beach.
Tessa, short for Contessa, along with her best friends, conjure the magic of Merlin on an old oak tree in hopes that it will bring her true love. Four years of grieving has taken its toll though and she isn’t sure she can believe in H.E.A. (Happily Ever After) anymore.
Shortly thereafter, she treats herself to a Caribbean cruise as a reward for surviving breast cancer. Early one morning she chances to see a harbor pilot jump onto her ship, climb up a ladder, and disappear. Minutes later, her ship is guided into port and she is standing on her balcony, fresh from her shower, wrapped only in a towel. She looks down and sees the incredibly handsome harbor pilot talking to the captain of her ship. He looks up and their eyes meet. Nothing is ever going to be the same for either of them when later that day, they encounter each other on the island of St. Thomas.
As shipboard romances go, hers is a dilly, but when it’s time to go home to Sea Trail Plantation and settle back into her idyllic life, things are anything but routine. Her neighbor and friend, Amy, has been acting strange and has now disappeared. Tessa suspects Amy’s goldbricking husband is up to no good but no one will believe her. Then Roman, her sexy harbor pilot, coaxes her into meeting him in Charleston where legends of slaves and their masters provide fodder for a romance unlike any other.
Vivienne, named after an enchanting sorceress, is ready for that “old black magic” again. It’s been four years since her husband died. Along with her friends, Cat and Tessa, she has decided it’s time to find a man, get wrapped up in a steamy romance, and possibly even remarry. First a makeover is called for, because grief makes us all a little sloppy and neglectful in the keeping-up-appearances department.
Unbeknownst to Vivienne, Cat and Tessa have found the ideal man, a multi-millionaire from Charlotte who’s just hired a professional matchmaker to help him find a wife. Cat and Tessa go online and fill out the application in Vivienne’s name, and soon she is one of the select few to win a date with Philip Camden.
To get her ready for the big date, Cat and Tessa whip Vivienne into shape, walking with her on the beach and supporting her very odd eleven-day diet. Neither bothers to tell her what they wrote on the application that intrigued Philip enough to put her name at the top of his list.
Phillip alludes to an evil secret and a grievous sin, then one night he tells her a story and she learns about his wicked past. Just how does one approach the idea of having sex with a former porn star—even if it was thirty years ago? She’s only been with one man. How is she ever going to keep a man with his experience satisfied?
From the moment Philip meets Vivienne, he is smitten and sure she’s the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Convincing her they can live Happily Ever After however, turns out to be one of his greatest challenges.
This book is not a chronicle of everyday town government minutiae. If you seek a record of town council battles and meetings you will have to seek it elsewhere.
Politics cannot be totally avoided in an honest history of the town so the authors have tried to present the opinions of the towns’ citizens in their own words. They are not necessarily the opinions of the authors.
There is little debate that the number one issue that has fueled conflict among town factions for years has been “The Bridge.” As this is being written, the war that has raged for decades and has cost the state and federal treasuries millions of dollars is at last over. The court has spoken—a new high-rise bridge will now serve the town.
Over the years, there have been many issues that have caused division between the townsfolk, and almost all the interviewees mentioned being involved in a passionate debate or two.
At the end of the day, after all is said and done…we are all blessed to be here, in this paradise by the sea. The people in this book have contributed to this endeavor by telling their stories. Without them, this book would not have been written. And so…we give you a journey through the past.
She lost it . . . he found it. Their lives will never be the same again.
Laurel Leighton has lost her flash drive. On it are all the naughty little stories she’s written. Thinking of whose hands that not-so-innocent, little thing could have fallen into, makes her cringe. It holds her secrets, all her dirty secrets. Every wicked scenario that has played out in her mind eventually made it onto that thumb drive. It’s her fantasy life, and now it’s out there—someplace where anybody can find it. Someone is going to discover the erotic world she retreats to when life gets a little overwhelming. Laurel is having a really bad morning. And if she doesn’t find that flash drive, she’s going to have a really bad life.
Garrett Grayson doubts there has ever been a more explicit, more detailed, more perfect map to passion than this. It is practically a step-by-step guide for this particular woman’s sexual satisfaction—all her fantasies spelled out—telling anyone who reads it, what would pleasure her most. What he has is a treasure map to seduction. Every kinky craving, every special caress, and every sinful desire that would bring this woman to her ultimate climax is on this flash drive. It is beyond tempting. He must find this woman and use the information she has so generously provided. He can’t wait to see her eyes glaze over when he takes her to the dark corners of her submissive mind and fulfills her every carnal whim.
Finding her is not going to be easy. It’s an ordinary flash drive with no identification. He will have to dig into her files for clues to hunt her down. Fortunately, he loves a good mystery.
What will happen when these two meet? What will happen when she discovers her flash drive in his laptop case after one very memorable weekend?
Eight kids, dead for over a hundred years, finally get a young woman to listen to their story and help them seek justice for the lives they lost to violence. For years they have tried to contact people living in the house in front of their family graveyard, but being inept with their unproven powers, they only managed to scare each person away. But this one doesn’t scare easily.
Piper loves this little house she’s moved into, it’s perfect for her. So despite being furious at the mysterious events ruining her first night in her new home, she stays. She sees the antics of the clumsy, bungling, and awkward child ghosts as endearing. Once she understands their story, she accepts their challenges and uses their insights to rescue children all over Brunswick County. It’s not long before the little family worms its way into her heart and changes how she feels about family, commitment, and ghosts.
Drew, a sheriff’s deputy, was wildly attracted to Piper when they’d first met several years ago, he is even more smitten with her now, seeing how kindhearted and caring she is while doing one of her “rescues.” He is beginning to entertain thoughts of settling down when he realizes she comes with a ready-made family that includes eight ghosts.
Ocean Isle: Gem of the Atlantic Coast
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The Earl of Sefton is delighted when he sees the midwife approaching bearing a tiny bundle. Within moments of being introduced to his new son, his world is shattered by the news that his wife did not survive the birth. Thorne, a man used to commanding regiments, puts his emotions aside to deal with providing for his newborn son. His first concern—one made known to the entire household by his heir’s fully functioning lungs—is to secure a wet nurse.
Catherine had met and married her seafaring officer within days of meeting him. She had been selling jams and jellies for her church on market day when Thomas swept her off her feet. She fell wildly in love and when he proposed she was delighted to finally be free of her aunt. When Thomas shipped out two weeks after marrying her, he promised to return. Four months later it was confirmed that all hands were lost at sea. It was at about that time she could not deny her swelling belly.
Told by the midwife attending her that her child was stillborn, Catherine is beside herself with grief. Now, all alone, with nowhere to turn, she has no choice but to accept the position of wet nurse when it is offered.
The earl’s entire household is charmed by Catherine, and well pleased that she is able to bring peace and quiet as well as joy back to the manor. As Catherine and Thorne grieve for their spouses and tend to the young heir’s needs, the three of them begin to bond. They take walks, share meals, and read books together. They laugh again, which neither thought they would ever do . . . and they become friends. Then they kiss, and one night, when he discovers her self-pleasuring, they become much more.
It is a magical time on the coast of England. Southport is a bustling harbor on the cusp of wondrous things, and Sefton Manor and its inhabitants are about to embrace it all. Electricity is coming, social reform is around the corner, the flapper era from America is being greeted dockside and infusing exhilaration to the war weary, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover is the talk of London. But soon there’s a mystery to unravel and secrets that beg telling.
As Christmas approaches, Drew and Piper have their hands full with Kevin and eight bumbling ghosts. Connor, having become Kevin’s best friend, is now using his powers to protect Kevin from bullies at school. Piper is concerned that by him doing this, he could become a bully himself.
Holly, Nicholas and Victoria earn their form through very different rescues—one of which has Drew and Piper making long range plans. But Drew’s ex-girlfriend Marin has plans of her own. She wants Drew back and will go to any lengths to make that happen. The cemetery kids, through their misguided shenanigans, manage to convince Marin that Piper is an evil witch, when she’s really the evil one.
Kevin shows the stuff he’s made of when danger confronts his enemy; and one timely rescue due to the cemetery kids’ premonitions, becomes a game changer for the whole family. Christmas is a time of comfort, joy, and peace. For Piper, Drew, and their new family, the peace they seek is hard fought. But they’re working as a team now, so they’re worthy opponents for anything that could come their way.
Ocean Isle Beach: A History and A Remembrance
This book is about an eight-mile barrier island on the Atlantic coast. It faces due south, on the same latitude as Los Angeles, California. The island enjoys a mild climate and its oceanfront consists entirely of sandy beach. It wasn’t an island until 1934 when it was severed from the mainland by the construction of a section of the Intracoastal Waterway. What is now Ocean Isle, slept in solitude for hundreds of years, disturbed only by a visit in 1791 of George Washington on his Southern Tour and by the U.S. Coast Guard’s mounted sailors who patrolled the island’s beach in WWll. In the 1920s, the long repose ended with an awakening by prohibition and the jazz age. Young flappers expended energy dancing the Charleston and imbibing bootlegged gin in Ocean Isle’s first commercial structure, a honky-tonk on the island’s welcoming beach.
Who takes their kids on a honeymoon? All of them . . . a nine-year-old, a newborn baby, and eight cemetery ghost kids. When the honeymoon is to Disney World, it makes sense to take the whole family. So Piper and Drew load up a rented motorhome and head south.
It’s a wild adventure with never a dull moment for the newlyweds. Did I mention that Glory, the ghosts’ mother, already their O.C.D. housekeeper, stows away and becomes a chronic shoplifter? Or that Piper’s Christmas present from the cemetery kids, a baby Magpie that grows full-sized almost overnight, tags along and has a penchant for stealing shiny things?
When Drew takes Piper out for a romantic dinner at an elegant restaurant in Epcot, he is more than just a little embarrassed when he discovers his father’s corporate credit card has been compromised. He is livid and determined to get the culprit. What follows is a Disney adventure with more twists and turns than the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.
Come along for the fun, come along for the thrill, and come along for the escapades of the cemetery kids as they haunt the Haunted House.
Imagine you’re looking for your wife. You’ve been gone for over a year, not quite two. You were shipwrecked and given up for lost at sea. You’ve been walking all over the English coastline trying to find her, showing her picture to everyone you see. When finally, weeks into your search, an old woman hobbling about on a cane, points up a hill. And you traipse up a winding road with renewed vigor and an eager step into an orchard in full bloom. Imagine discovering a woman lying atop a man, both asleep as if recently replete from a satisfying tryst, you smile–it’s a tender scene. Imagine the woman turns her blonde head that’s been resting on the man’s chest, and she sighs. It’s a familiar sound. A lock of her hair lifts in the breeze revealing her obscured face and you realize that woman is your wife.
Imagine that after pulling her off him and having a raucous brawl with the partly naked man, his progeny making part swinging in the breeze, you learn he is her new husband. Imagine what goes through your mind when you learn that she was hired to nurse his newborn son after having lost yours. Well, one would imagine that you would have a lot of questions that needed to be answered.
Find out what happens when Thomas returns as a wealthy ship captain and Catherine has to decide her future. What about the earl who loves her, as he’s never loved another woman? And the child she’s been nursing since the day he was born? With her marriage to the earl, she became his mother, how can she leave him? Yes, imagine the brouhaha that is in the making, the storm that is rising on the horizon. The old woman, trembling at the bottom of the hill knows their secret and can only begin to imagine Catherine’s dilemma.