Romances are books about relationships and falling in love. They may or may not have sex within.
Because mine vary for the 'heat' level, I devised this chart. If you find a book that interests you, look for the hearts.

♥ ------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Round the Bend

It is 1851, Independence, Missouri and a large wagon train waits to head west. Amelia Stevens is determined, before they leave, to heal that she sees as a breach between herself and her best friend from childhood. Why isn't Matt excited at this great westward adventure?

For Matthew Kane, life has been a struggle that he has had to overcome. His secret love for his best friend, Amy, is only one example. He isn't the right man for her. There are many reasons that is true, but the heart argues with logic.

In Round the Bend, Amy and Matt are traveling with their families in a big wagon train led by St. Louis Jones and scouted by Adam Stone. For the next months the pioneers will face many obstacles. They will cross a land where danger awaits in unexpected places. For many on the wagon train, their biggest obstacles will be from within themselves and the personality clashes that arise from traveling so closely together under sometimes strained conditions.

Young love is filled with angst and struggles to grow, to mature, to find a path to strong relationships. If it was the only problem these two faced, it would have been enough, but something else lurks, waiting for the opportunity to destroy any chance they have at happiness.

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rose's Gift

Following the O'Brians and their friends comes Rose's Gift.

Living in Tucson, Arizona, in 1900, Rose Redman had lost her beloved husband five years earlier. Now at sixty years, she has begun to come out of the haze that seemed to envelop her when life had changed so drastically. The help of young friends began her healing but when she looked around, she realized that the man helping with chores around her home, Ollie Oliver, was attractive to her. Before she could get past that thought, he told her he wanted to marry her.

There is much Rose has never experienced after living a safe and loving life with her husband and never having children of her own. Ollie can teach her many things while he also is given something he never expected to come to him at his age of 58—a passionate love affair with the kind of woman he only dreamed of before.

Rose’s Gift brings characters from the first three Arizona historicals together for a birth, a death and a wedding all in the holiday season. As a novella, I had the freedom to write what I wanted as a slice of life for life in Tucson in the early 1900s.


   The knock at the door stopped her ruminating. Was Ollie going to demand an answer she didn’t yet have? She opened the door and managed a smile. He was wearing a shirt she had never seen and had a bouquet of flowers in his hand. She stepped aside to let him enter her parlor. When Grace had entertained her beaus there, she had never imagined she might do the same.
   “I am sorry, Rose,” he said as he handed her six red roses before he sat on the sofa.  “I came on too sudden. I should’ve not pushed you like I did. I was acting like an unbroke colt.”
   She held onto the roses. It had been years since anyone had given her any. Had they ever? She dropped into a chair across from him. She should put the roses in water. She didn’t want to release them. “I didn’t feel you did that.”
   “I just... Wal, getting to my age, I don’t see the years in front of me that I left behind. I was rushin’ ya and I didn’t mean to do that.”
   “Are you taking back your question?” she asked meeting his gaze levelly.
   “Not at all. Just figured I should do some courtin’, not expect ya to just know what ya want the way I did.”
   She knew suddenly. It was such a shock to realize how much she did know. She only had one question first.
   “Do you like me?”
   He gave a little laugh. “What’s not to like? I like you a lot. You take care of those around you, offer loving touches to everybody, you cook real good, you think, and I like a woman who can think. Yes, I like you.”
   “All right... if you really do want me to marry you, the answer is yes.”
   He smiled then. It was at first a small smile but then a broader one. “You will be my wife?”
   She nodded.
   “Then, come sit here on the sofa with me, gal.”
   “Why?” But she knew.
   “I told ya what I wanted. I want to give you a little taste of it.”

For Rose, the story has just begun. 

Heat level: ♥♥♥

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Arizona Sunset

First book in the O'Brian series.

Abigail Spencer is trapped in a life she didn't choose and doesn't want. What other choices are there for a woman in Arizona Territory 1883! She dresses as she should, takes care of a selfish father's needs, and pushes off a suitor who doesn't really want her but rather the convenience she offers.

So along comes an opportunity to go on a small adventure which quickly escalates into a bigger adventure or will it be more than that? Suddenly Abigail has options but with options come consequences. She can be the author of her own fate but at what cost?

Sam Ryker has always ridden the wild side, doing what he had to survive in a world that cared little about children and then men like him. It's not possible for someone like him to have any kind of normal life.

Through fate, these two people come together with their so different expectations and dreams but with one thing in common-- a passion for each other that can destroy or redeem them. Southern Arizona in 1883, was a time when men and women could change their world, but they had to fight for it.
Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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Tucson Moon

Second book in the O'Brian series.

Marshal Cord O'Brian is bound and determined to see justice done-- no matter what it costs him. He had been a marshal all his adult life and keeping the law has is what he does but increasingly it has become his burden. 
Priscilla Wesley has everything going for her with wealthy parents, beauty, a privileged life. The last thing she needs is to fall in love with a man who lives by the gun. Yet of all the men in Tucson, who she could have had, the only one who fascinates her is U.S. Deputy Marshal Cord O’Brian. 

Attraction between two such different people isn't enough—or is it? These two are about to find out when Cord's nine year old daughter, Grace, arrives in Tucson and he very much needs Priscilla's help to learn how to be a father.

Cord and Sam Ryker, the hero of Arizona Sunset, had a strong dislike for each other, which is explored in the second book. Will they end up facing each other with guns blazing or is the connection between the wolf and the hawk more complicated than either might imagine?

Tucson Moon is about love, family relationships, the desert, and Arizona Territory in 1886-87. It is about choices and how each one can determine our fate. 

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Arizona Dawn

Book Three in the O'Brian series

In 1899, when Grace O'Brian arrives back in Tucson by train, she is very different than the nine-year old child who came with fear and trepidation to meet the father she had never known. She is polished and has a degree as an architect as one of the first wave of educated women in the United States. What's on her mind though isn't architecture.

Rafe Cordova has been to war. He's had a marriage that went bust and an ex-wife who makes it hard for him to see his son. He has come to Tucson to escort Grace down to the family ranch, the Circle O. What happens next doesn't go according to plan-- at least not his.

Comes the Dawn is a story of love, redemption, family, struggle, and the importance of fathers. It's about Arizona and growth. On one level, it's a very simple story-- one we all live where we must sometimes come through the darkness to reach the dawn. A story of forbidden love, of fighting for what you want, and how some of the best things don't come easily or quickly.

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Diablo Canyon

Diablo Canyon, a contemporary fantasy romance, is a trilogy combining three novellas in one book. Part 1, When Fates Conspires asks the question is there fairness in life and what happens when we die, as two couples struggle to find their happily ever after while tragedy seems ever ready to put a period to their existence. With humor and pathos, two spirit guides, Remus and Justus try to make life better for these couples, but when fates conspire is that possible?

In The Dark of the Moon, the story advances a year and a half where Myra Farrell is struggling to hold onto her ranch, the Box Z, against formidable odds until a stranger appears. Will Pace Emerson be her salvation or her damnation? Pace is a man with secrets. Myra’s spirit guide, Racine, distrusts him from first sight mostly because he can also see her. Humans aren't supposed to do that.

The trilogy is wrapped up in Storm in the Canyon with a new love story between someone coming from the spirit world and a human who is also a Druid. Three powerful women of different generations are matched with three powerful men, all with their own secrets, their own destinies. The spirit and human world are faced with a third world—one mankind has long tried to suppress.  Diablo Canyon has been drawing power to itself through natural events, which are now being used by timeless beings with a desire to retake power.

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Sky Daughter

What do we really know about ourselves, our families, the reality of the world in which we live? Maggie Gard is about to find all of that a question, which can mean the difference between life and death.

Maggie leaves her folksinging career to return to the Idaho mountains where her grandfather lives. She hopes to find healing from so many losses, the greatest of which was that of her parents in a small plane crash. 

She didn't expect to find a family mystery, nor did she imagine someone like Reuben would appear. He had come to the mountains for healing of his own and instead was kidnapped only to escape and run into Maggie. 

Together they face an unknown enemy as they try to unravel the mystery of what is happening in this mountain community. It is not all visible.

Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥

Monday, January 20, 2014

From Here to There

Helene is in her beautiful gown, ready to be married, when she realizes what a terrible mistake this will be. She does not want the life her groom does. She barely knows who he is. She goes through with the wedding and tells Phillip on their way to the reception that she wants an annulment. Not surprisingly, he doesn't take this well. Helene doesn't care. She is going to live on her uncle's ranch in Montana and find her dream life.

Following the shock that Helene doesn't see him as tough enough comes another.  Her Uncle Amos arrives at his penthouse to suggest Phillip put aside his business dealings and come west, work on the ranch,and give Helene a chance to see he's more of a man than she thinks. 

At first Phillip laughs at the ridiculous notion, but the idea that he's not tough enough has irked him. Will that be enough to send him to Montana?

From Here to There is the story of a woman with a dream and a man without one. It takes place mostly in Montana where the life on a ranch and a journal Helene's aunt left for her tell more of the story of the modern west. It is a love story dedicated to ranch life, nature, and family.

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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Friday, January 10, 2014

A Montana Christmas

This novella is a slice of life story about the spirit and heart of Christmas, the themes that go beyond religion to a broader look at what family means and how important is it in our lives? What about for someone who has had a a less than perfect family?

Helene and Phillip, in From Here To There, have been married three years and are working out the problems of having two homes, one in Boston and one on the Montana ranch. Helene is hoping to have a baby. As part of her desire for more family, she has decided to bring Phillip's estranged family to their ranch in Montana.  

Phillip, who now blends being a ranch owner with running his financial empire, has his reservations. Helene doesn't know his family! But he loves his wife, and he'll give it a try-- expecting disaster as the result. 

With some surprises along the way, this is a slice of life story of ranch life, the holidays, and continues Helene and Phillip's love story. The novella stands alone but is filled with continuing characters from the earlier book.

Heat level: ♥♥♥

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Desert Inferno

A contemporary O'Brian story

When Rachel O'Brian, on one of her painting trips into the wilderness desert that surrounds her family ranch, discovers a dead man, it sets in motion events that will change her life. As a successful landscape painter, the last thing she expects to need is a man in her life. That lasts right up until she meets Jake Donovan.

Jake, a Border Patrolman, has avoided emotional entanglements not so much because he had it all but more because he knew where they all led-- to pain and loss. Rachel might think she knows what she wants and it is him but knows she'll change her mind when the novelty wears off.

Desert Inferno is set in the rugged border country of Southern Arizona where danger walks hand in hand with beauty. It takes a tough people to survive long out in the open desert and in their own ways, both Rachel and Jake are strong. Together they will go on the adventure of finding love before they face a run their lives.

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Evening Star

A contemporary O'Brian story involving Randy, Rachel's cousin from the book 'Desert Inferno.' These characters are also in 'Bannister's Way,' which takes place a few years after this story.

Most of us have guiding principles or even someone in our life who has been a marker for us as to how life should be lived. We have higher aspirations where we are reaching out toward something more than we currently have. It's a bit of human nature.

Marla Jamison doesn't think that way. She works hard as an assistant DA in Portland, Oregon. She has goals but they relate to her latest case, not her personal life. 
Best laid plans and all that when she meets Randy O'Brian who has come to Portland to be part of the thin blue line that protects citizens. He is carrying a secret, but, for Randy, when you want something, you go after it. He wants Marla.

Evening Star  is a story of woman's story of growth forced upon her by loving the man she knew she should not. It is set in Oregon moving between two worlds-- the big city to the ranching community. Marla's problem is learning to open herself to risk. Is Randy the man he claims, her own evening star, or the most dangerous distraction of her life.

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥
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Bannister's Way

Raven does not want her ex-husband back. She does not want to want him at all! Although her life wasn’t all it could be, David Bannister, who recklessly does things his way, could only add complications.

As part of a murder investigation, Bannister’s plans included getting his ex back but hadn’t included modeling nude for her art class. Life has a way of throwing ringers into our plans. For David that includes a sly murderer who was not just willing but maybe even eager to kill again.

The brave and reckless, David Bannister from Desert Inferno has his own love story as he tries to find a murderer and court his ex-wife. The setting is a small liberal arts college, imaginary, where there has been a vicious murder. Whom among the artists might be the killer? 

The story entwines itself with the Greek mythologies, particularly that of Prometheus, a god who with the best of intentions gets himself in big trouble-- a prototype for Bannister’s life. There is some spice, a sly murderer, Oregon, and a question—can love be better the second time around? Will Raven and David get their second chance?

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Dark of the Moon

Book Three Diablo Canyon Trilogy

The Dark of the  Moon follows When Fates Conspire by a year and a half. Myra Farrell, who owns the Box Z ranch in Montana, is trying to hold onto her ranch and still grieving the loss of her son, Clayton, in a tragic accident. Middle-aged though she is, Myra is a strong woman but everyone has a breaking point.

Watching over Myra is her spirit guide, Racine, who doesn't like seeing a demon also watching. Who invited him? She is even more upset when a man arrives at the ranch who looks straight at her and then at the demon. Who is this cowboy who offers to work for Myra and sees what nobody alive should see?

Pace Emerson has seen the other side since he was small. He was taught by his father, who had the same ability, that this is all right but be careful how you use it.  Since he got out of college, Pace has served as a warrior for the light. He didn't expect to find a beautiful woman at the end of the Box Z.

Cole in another part of Montana is struggling with his own issues as he has memories he should not. Not filing charges against his brothers, who tried to kill him, was a mistake. Now with his wife, Jessica ready to have their baby, he has to get some resolution.

It all comes down to Diablo Canyon

This book asks the questions:  What's on the other side? How do we really fight evil? What is evil? Is there a spirit realm and if so do those there care about humans?

Heat level: ♥♥♥

Storm in the Canyon

Book Three Diablo Canyon Trilogy

In Storm in the Canyon, three strong women of different generations are matched with three powerful men, all with their own secrets, their own destinies. The spirit and human world are faced with a third world—one mankind has long tried to suppress.  Diablo Canyon has drawn power to itself through natural events, which is now being used by these timeless beings with their desire to retake power.

Racine, a spirit guide, is asked to become human as part of the battle yet to come. Dirk, boss of a company that has been fighting the dark side, is facing his own dark side. For this shape shifting Druid, his only way to find peace of mind means heading back to the Box Z and facing what is in Diablo Canyon.

Storm in the Canyon is the story of the relationship between man and woman as well as humans and the ‘other’ side. Facing the deadliest of foes, nature and spirit must come together to win the day or see the world change as a new power takes over. It will all be decided in Diablo Canyon

or death!

Heat level: ♥♥♥