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There's no place like Texas. And there's no one like a Texan!Twinkie Sue Carmichael and her mother own the Clown Motel in Mirage, Texas, known for its mysterious desert lights. She's also the mayor. Like everyone else in these parts, Twinkie's worried about the goings-on at nearby Fort Huacha, an abandoned military facility, which has been taken over by a group of men calling themselves the Brothers.When Cole Thornton comes to Mirage-with his own questions about the Brothers-Twinkie's hormones go on high alert. So does her internal alarm. Is this great-looking guy really what he seems? Cole and Twinkie fall in love (or certainly lust!), surrounded by an eccentric cast of characters, from her cohort of girlfriends to her sheriff ex-husband. From Cole's high-powered family to his former partner. Not to mention his missing sister, a group of young pregnant women and a houseful of retired hookers.But as the Brothers and assorted other bad guys learn, you don't mess with Texans!83,000 words
It seemed like an easy bet: All Washington lawyer Win Whittaker has to do is prove to his business partner that he can live the simple life in Magnolia Bluffs, Georgia, for one month. With no extra cash or credit cards, Win is forced to get a job. He might be a terrific lawyer, but his other skills are decidedly lacking. So he applies for the only job he can find--shampoo girl at Kenni McAllister's salon, Permanently Yours. Kenni is cautious around her handsome new employee, but she can't help being attracted by his charm. The more time she spends with Win, the more she likes what she sees. Of course, Kenni doesn't know about Win's other life, his real life. But when a good friend of hers desperately needs a lawyer, Win's deception is revealed. Do the country girl and the city guy have a shot at love? Win hopes so, because he's got a lot more than Georgia on his mind!
More Than Georgia On His Mind Magnolia Bluffs, Georgia--on the surface, it's the perfect small Southern town. But below the surface, as Zack Maynard discovers, is a different story. There's trouble afoot--vandalism and maybe even murder. Zack is a big-city California detective who arrives in Magnolia Bluffs to investigate what's happening with the real estate development his family has invested in. That means dealing with Liza Henderson, a widow and one of the partners. . . and very much a Southern Lady. But Liza's not your typical belle. She's wacky, passionate, charming and unlike any woman Zack's ever met. Although their initial meeting isn't love--or even like--at first sight, they're experiencing an incredible chemistry. Will the Real Estate Riddle turn into the Case of the California Cop and the Southern Widow?
Only desperate, try-anything-once CiCi Hurst would agree to take the job of mascot for her daddy's football team. But the recently dumped Hill Country heiress doesn't expect to be tackled to the ground by six feet five inches of flat-out gorgeous male....Jake Culpepper is every woman's dream. Too bad the pro-football star is exactly the type CiCi's vowed to avoid. It's a no-brainer: no more low-down, cheating athletes! So why is she getting the feeling Jake's different?Jake can't believe he just decked the boss's daughter! Now he's paying the price by working for CiCi at her family's camp for underprivileged kids. He didn't plan on playing the hero. Or falling so hard for her.He just hopes CiCi feels the same way. Or he'll be the loneliest hero in the Lone Star State!
A sexy Texas Ranger and a classy, sassy heroine...That's all it takes for a hot time in Texas!Etta Morrison had vowed never to get involved with another man in law enforcement, but she broke that vow when she fell for Texas Ranger Rafe Claiborne. Her reward? He left town without even a goodbye. But now Rafe's back-and he wants to pick up where they left off.Two years after Rafe skipped out on her, Etta's over the moon with her new job as manager of the exclusive Sparkle Plenty costume jewelry store. In the world of synthetic diamonds, Sparkle Plenty is king-and this year, they're providing the crowns for the San Antonio Fiesta Coronation. Except the crowns have gone missing. Next thing you know, people start dropping dead and a couple of jerks shoot up her store.When Rafe hears that Etta may be a target, he decides she needs a bodyguard. Him. In addition to keeping Etta safe in the middle of murders and a diamond-smuggling conspiracy, Rafe has to convince her to forgive him. Not an easy task, but Rangers are tough and Rafe is tenacious.78,000 words
After more than twenty years, Clay Walker still looks like the sexy surfer dude Maizie married. But lately their relationship has been getting a little stale. It's time to shake things up and get the old juices goin'. Maizie's solution? Some harmless flirting with the studly new tennis pro to make Clay pea-green jealous. But when the plan backfires-and Clay moves out-Maizie and her gal pals mount an all-out campaign to win him back. Between her aiding and abetting mother, a potentially dangerous admirer and one unforgettable karaoke serenade, this Southern belle needs nothing short of a miracle. The one constant is her enduring passion for Clay. Can Maizie find what she's looking for without losing the only man she's ever loved?
Noelle and the Wise Man by Roz Denny FoxNoelle Hale, who runs her family's Christmas-tree farm in Oregon, has always dreamed of growing the White House tree. The perfect tree. Then newcomer Camden Latimer takes over the farm next door. Will Noelle's dream blind her to the possibilities of a perfect life?One Magic Christmas by Ann DeFeeBah! Humbug. Honey Campbell is definitely a bit of a Scrooge. But when a snowstorm strands her at the Magic Tree Farm with the ex-husband she's never stopped loving--and three kids plus a dog--she just might rediscover the spirit of Christmas!Tanner and Baum by Tanya MichaelsTanner Waide thought he was meant for bigger things than the town of Mistletoe, Georgia, could offer him. But leaving Lilah Baum was his biggest mistake, and now he's determined to make it up to her by ensuring that this Christmas--and each one in their future--is absolutely perfect.
In the summer of '73, Jasmine and Charlie share a secret place by the river. Somewhere to laugh and dream on hot Texas nights. A place for making memories. For getting close. . . Then Jazzy's girlfriend Bunny drops a bombshell that brings an end to teenage innocence -- and the beginning of life without Charlie. It's the summer of '93 and Jazzy's got a rock on her finger and a successful architectural practice in California. Yet something's missing. She bumps into Charlie at their high school reunion, and their feelings and shared memories are as powerful as ever. But before they can do anything about it, an urgent plea calls Jazzy away once more. This summer. . . Her marriage over, Jaz heads for home again. For Texas. And for Charlie. . . This time, she knows it's forever.
Dr. Olivia Alvarado, town vet and sometime coroner of Port Serenity, Texas, is nobody's fool. So when Sheriff C. J. Baker charged into her life, the last thing Livy expected was a broken heart. She should've known better. Because he seemed absolutely perfect for her - and nothing's ever perfect. Finding out that C.J. was already married just about killed Olivia. But there's a lot she doesn't know about C.J.'s marriage - like the fact that it was for Selena's protection. Now that Selena's safe and he's safely divorced, C.J. wants Olivia back. When they're thrown together on a bizarre case, Livy can't avoid spending time with C.J. - or falling for him all over again. But then Selena shows up in Port Serenity. So what's a girl to think? Harlequin American Romance #1115
When bodies start washing up on the Gulf beach, Police Chief Lolly LaTullipe's world is turned upside down. She's sexy, blond and a single mom, and these aren't ordinary bodies-they belong to the bad guys of the Houston drug world. Enter Christian Delacroix, a dark and dangerous undercover narcotics cop, and you can bet there'll be sparks. As Lolly and Christian deal with the problems and joys associated with the folks of this beach community, they discover the best of all possible worlds-true love.
Lieutenant Colonel Chad Cassavetes has just been promoted. . . to the rank of single father. With his two daughters in tow, the daredevil fighter pilot is trading the open skies for the dusty plains of Oklahoma. But when his trailer breaks down, Chad doesn't expect to be rescued by an angel in pink cowboy boots. With her riot of red curls and roots deep in Okie soil, Kelbie Montgomery isn't your ordinary savior. She's also a single mom who's sworn off military men. Until Chad starts changing her mind. . . Falling for the feet-on-the-ground widow is risky business for a man whose heart has always been in the skies. But Kelbie and her daughter are tempting Chad and his two girls to combine forces. Because he has a new mission. To make Kelbie fall in love with a certain top-gun dad.
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