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. Some books with strong language or mild profanity.

♥ ------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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lands of Fire

 Lands of Fire are places of testing and beauty where death comes suddenly to the unwary. It is also a place for great love to grow. 

Jesse Taggert has chosen to live out on the desert, in order to avoid humans who can be cruel to a man born slower in thinking than others. He works with animals and is satisfied with the companionship of a dog who came to him as a stray. His world is about to be upended.

There are those, like artist, Lily Jacobs, who see into the heart to recognize qualities that have been hidden away. She recognized those qualities in Jesse but there are those determined to block their love.

Love is something that often must be fought to hold onto. Jesse and Lily have found such a love but can they hold onto it? Isn't that always the question?

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Going Home

It's 1865 and the Civil War has just come to an agonizing end-- even impacting far off Oregon with its destructive divisiveness. 

With a loving family, successful businesses, and active theater life, Raine Stevens has all she could want except a love of her own. She prefers life without the sacrifices that kind of love requires. Only one man has ever tempted her to believe otherwise, and he went off to fight the war. He never wrote.

And then, Jed Hardman is back, but it's too late for them. She won't leave Portland for a wilderness ranch on the John Day River. She's worked too hard for what she has. Besides, she's too set in her ways. In love with him, though she might be, he's way too much the laird in the way he dominates all around him. She sends him off with no hope for a future together.

After Raine learns her seemingly successful life has been more trap than secure home, she decides to leave Portland also. She could go many places, but the only one that will help her learn if she and Jed have a future is the Hardman Ranch. Jed is grateful to have Raine come to him and accepts her terms, adding one of his own.

Leaving the war apparently hasn't made his life safer. He now has a deadly enemy-- make that two. 

Book 3 in the Oregon series follows the Stevens family from the earlier books (Raine isn't the only one eventually heading east of the Cascades). The story explores what makes a home and family. What does it take to make a relationship work when it has every reason not to succeed? With gold miners, road agents, and Native Americans determined to push the white man from their land, this is a wilderness that takes tough men and women. Raine isn't sure she can or even wants to qualify, but she's about to find out.

Going Home contains some strong language, violence, and sexual heat. It is intended for mature readers. Heat level: ♥♥♥ (with ♥ least and ♥♥♥♥♥ most)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Echoes from the Past

Because of recurring dreams of a life lived in a prehistoric culture, Holly Jacobs is determined to discover if those dreams once had a physical reality. As an archaeologist, she has the skills and funding to venture into the wilderness of Central Arizona to find the site of the dreams. She needs a crew. 

With an outlaw family, Vince Taggert created a name and identity for himself (as John Damian, he was in Arizona Sunset) but in the end he cannot escape from who he is. He is brought to Tucson by a letter from a psychic friend, who believes Holly will need him to find her truths and stay alive. 

When Holly meets Vince, the sparks are instant. Her certainty that she knew him from previous lifetimes makes her equally certain he should not go with her to Central Arizona. 

Vince has led a dangerous life and isn't about to worry about dreams with no real bullets. He does know Holly is dangerous to him but not for the reasons she fears.

1901, a new century and things should be less wild and woolly in Arizona. Very civilized, with only an occasional nightly shootout. Much safer—for some. Not so much for the son of an infamous outlaw family, who was falling in love with the one woman from whom he should have stayed many miles away. Shoulds weren’t in his vocabulary.

This western adventure takes these two unlikely lovers from Tucson, north into the Sierra Ancha, where answers and danger await. As the fifth Arizona historical, readers of the others will find characters from earlier books. This is the first romance of the Taggert brothers-- Vince, Jesse and Cole. Jesse's story will be out 11/5/15, Lands of Fire.

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥; some violence and mild profanity. Intended for adult readers.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Where Dreams Go

Adam Stone had done many things as he lived a life of freedom and adventure. Guiding a wagon train, tracking for the military, having no obligations beyond the ones he chose. He had given up a great deal though in terms of having someone to love-- except, the one he wanted belonged to another.

He had long loved her, a secret impossible love. At lonely campfires across the west, where death waited in the shadows, he had dreamed of her gentle beauty. 

Then word arrived that what had been impossible was no longer. When he came to convince her to be his own, she put up barriers. He could overcome those but could he overcome the greatest of all—who he was.

Oregon Territory held many dangers; but the one that killed Martha Stevens’ beloved husband struck without warning on the most mundane of days. She has been forced to live alone, to make a life on her homestead, one that is purposeful, oriented to her family. Her expectations do not include a man coming into that life, who like a tornado upturns her expectations and all she has known.What this wild man wants is impossible. Or is it?

Where Dreams Go is set in 1855's Oregon Territory where these new pioneers must learn skills needed to build a state. Building a new world isn’t for the weak. Dangers are always there for those who dare to walk the high places.

Can we live our dreams—or is the cost too high?

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥
Some strong language and mild profanity

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

Book 2 in the Arizona Historicals: The O'Brians

Deputy Marshal Cord O'Brian is bound and determined to see justice done-- no matter what it costs him. Keeping the law has is what he does but increasingly it has become his burden. 
Priscilla Wesley, curious about the mysteries of life, has everything going for her with beauty and 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 , the only one who intrigues her is 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 in Book 1. 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, ranching, and Arizona Territory in 1886-87. It is about choices and how each one might determine our fate. 

Heat level: ♥♥♥♥; some violence and strong language

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Arizona Dawn

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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