A year after the death of her husband, Blythe Wyndham moves with her four-year-old daughter, Maddie, back to the small town where she grew up. But soon after they move in to their new home, strange things begin to happen. Maddie has disturbingly intense nightmares--so intense that Blythe fears one night she may not be able to awaken her daughter. A psychologist explains that Maddie's dreams are simply the result of her father's death, but Blythe knows something else is wrong. Because she's also heard the ghostly tapping at her daughter's window....Convinced the house is haunted, Blythe researches the town's history and discovers that a little girl had been brutally murdered in the area twenty-five years ago. Could there be some connection between this dead child and Maddie? With the help of Sheriff Cade Jackson, Blythe tries to separate past horrors from present dangers and struggles to distinguish the real from the imagined. But someone is clearly determined to keep a secret--and will kill again to do so.
Reader favorite Gayle Winston presents three thrilling romantic mysteries. In "The Bride's Protector, " a woman who witnesses a murder flees and finds her heart's desire, but he's in more trouble than she is. In "The Stranger She Knew, " a secret agent returns home after a long absence. And in "Her Baby, His Secret, " the mother of missing child needs the child's father, a CIA agent thought dead, to come back to life. (June)
In Gayle Wilson's The Bride's Protector beautiful Tyler Stewart--promised to one of the world's richest men-- is in deadly trouble, witnessing an assassination moments before her wedding. With killers on her trail she runs for her life--and comes face-to-face with a man more dangerous than her pursuers! This is the first in Gayle's new SECRET WARRIORS mini-series.
Battle scarred and jaded from the Peninsular War, soldier Rhys Morgan is in the market for a bride. But the simpering debutantes on the Marriage Mart don't rouse his interest--let alone fire his blood....Whereas dark-haired, dark-eyed Romany beauty Nadya Argentari has a strength and passion to match his own. If he took her as his mistress, no one would blink an eye. But if Major the Honorable Rhys Morgan were to marry her...it would be the scandal of the year!
Isabella Trueblood made history reuniting people torn apart by war and an epidemic. Now, generations later, Lily and Dylan Garrett carry on her work with their agency, Finders Keepers. Circumstances may have changed, but the goal remains the same.LostHis first love. Mark Peterson had never gotten over Jillian Salvini's desertion ten years ago. She and her family had left in the middle of the night. Mark's heart hadn't recovered. Now that she was back, was a second chance possible?FoundHer son's father. When Jillian and her son, Drew, reclaimed her family's Panhandle homestead, she'd never expected there would still be a Peterson in residence next door. Of course, she'd never expected her ranch to be sabotaged. Or to find out what had terrified and made enemies of her father and Mark's so long ago.Finders Keepers: bringing families together
A daughter, a son, a secret... With time as the enemy, only love can save them. It had been three months, three weeks and four days since they'd made love... and made the baby that Robin McCord now carried. Back in New York, she could no longer avoid Jared Donovan...not when he was the only man who could keep her baby---their baby---safe. A fearless bomb squad cop, Jared had stared down death, but when it threatened the woman he loved, he turned desperate. No one would threaten his woman and his unborn child. But he had only seven days to find the crazed killer who stalked her, seven nights to New Year's Eve when she might walk out of his life for good...if he kept her alive. And the clock was ticking....
Without a Past Caroline Evans knew that she would never have memories to fill the blankness of her past. Something had happened to her, she'd been told, something so terrible her mind refused to remember.Without a FutureNine years ago, Julien Gerrard lost his wife and his sight in one explosive instant. Now into his carefully controlled world walked Caroline Evans, whose every touch, whisper and footstep brought back echoes of the memories he'd tried so hard to put behind him. Now that he'd finally reconciled himself to the loss of his wife...had she returned?
A wounded warrior was facing the toughest mission of his life The battlefield had taught Jake Underwood just how much could be lost in a single moment. So when he returned home, scarred and grieving for those he'd left behind, the last thing he needed was to be responsible for another person's life. Especially that of a missing little girl. But one look in police chief Eden Reddick's tear-fi lled eyes and Jake couldn't help but feel her frustration...and share her pain. Jake knew Eden was grateful for whatever investigative skills he could offer- until he uncovered a connection to her mysterious past. Now, as a heartbreaking case turned even more personal when Eden became a target, Jake realized that all he'd lost in his past was nothing compared with just how much he had to lose now...
The Beauty Had Wed The Beast, And London Was Rife With Rumor What really went on in the marriage bed of Lady Madelyn Fairchild and Jean-Luc Gavereau? For a celebrated beauty of the ton could never have gone willingly into the arms of a common gambler scarred in body and soul! Madelyn had looked beyond the fire-ravaged visage Jean-Luc wore like a badge of defiance and had seen her salvation. A true lover who swore he would vanquish the ghosts of her past, even as she vowed to sacrifice everything to safeguard his future...!
He was a man of mystery...Judge Thorne Barrington was a survivor...the only living victim of serial bomber Jack the Tripper. He'd even survived Jack's real curse-advance warning of bombings he could not prevent. But survival had its price. Once the darling of debutantes and the crowned prince of the society pages, Barrington had vanished from the public eye.Driven by a need she told herself was professional curiosity, Kate August delved into the mystery of Thorne Barrington. But for reasons more elusive-and far more personal-she followed him into the darkness, determined to find the heart of the mystery...and the man.
The Duke of Avon Had Gone Missing and it Was Up to Devon to Find Him Colonel Devon Burke knew little of the alien world in which he traveled. Yet he was determined to find the man to whom he owed his life, or else die trying. And the mysterious Julie de Valme seemed his only hope for success.Once the toast of Paris, Julie's life had been destroyed the night of her father's death. Now she lived by her wits in a dangerous underground existence. And the one man whom she had come to trust was blind to the woman beneath the protective guise....
MEN of mysteryThree men with secret identities and hidden agendas-sworn to protect and tamed by love.To Save His Child CIA agent Griff Cabot knew things about Claire Heywood no one else did. Intimate things. Nighttime, bedroom things. And no one had ever ignited Claire's passion the way Griff had with just a touch. Then Griff was killed-before Claire could tell him the one thing he didn't know...Faking his own death had seemed the simplest way to keep Claire safe. But now the child Griff had never known was missing. And the price of his daughter's return meant the death of a man-a ransom only Griff could pay. But how can he save his baby daughter when the whole world-including Claire-believes he's dead?
Mary Winters Harbored A Secret Deep Within Her HeartShe'd borne the duke of Vail a child and was determined that no one-not even the noble love of her life himself-would ever uncover the truth.Afire with the passion of youth, Nick Stanton had lain with Mary Winters. Now, scarred by warfare in mind and body, he feared he'd be no fit husband to his beloved-or father to the son now claimed by another man, a man whose one desire was to wreak vengeance on them all!
10th ANNIVERSARYWithout honor, there is nothing...So Kit Montgomery, Lord St. John, had been taught since the cradle, yet his soul whispered there was something more. Something that made him long to look into the haunted depths of Judith Haviland's gaze and offer comfort, long before he had the right....Though he had comforted Judith in the darkest hours of her late husband's abuse, Lord St. John's kind regard had never once gone beyond the bounds of friendship. Even now, his offer of marriage was meant only to preserve her honor. Yet could she marry him to stop the rumors that only told the truth of what was in her heart?
After years of being on the run, Robin Holt and her son come under the scrutiny of Detective Matt Ridge. It would be easy for Robin to let Matt make everything all right. But would revealing her past put them all in the path of oncoming danger?
Gayle WilsonHeart of the NightJudge Thorne Barrington had survived a mail bombing, but the relentless hounding of the press changed him from Atlanta's golden boy to a recluse. So when reporter Kate August tried to warn him the bomber was about to try again, he didn't trust her. Not until the killer targeted Kate, too.And a new novel by Julie MillerAccidental BodyguardFaith Monroe had been framed for murder and now the killer was after her. She fled into the Wyoming mountains...and found herself at Jonas Beck's remote cabin. Jonas's gruff honesty and raw passion touched her soul. But had Faith found refuge...or a man more dangerous than the one she was fleeing?
Justin Tolbert was a war hero and the new Earl of Wynfield, but he was not the same man Lady Sarah Spense once knew....Suddenly, too vividly, Sarah remembered the night he had first asked her to dance. The London ballroom had been overcrowded, its heat stifling. Justin had been wearing his uniform, the handsome regimentals setting off the perfection of his strong body and his still-boyish face. She had thought then that there was no man more handsome in the room. She had stepped willingly into his arms, and when the music had begun, she had drifted, following his lead. They had moved together without conscious thought. As if the two of them had been created to dance together....Would they ever do that again...?Don't miss Gayle Wilson's extraordinary tale!
Eleven amazing books, one great deal! The Men Made in America series features stories from all fifty states starring all-American cowboys, sailors, policemen, businessmen, ranchers and more! The first Men Made in America Mega-Bundle includes The Redemption of Deke Summers by Gayle Wilson, Found: His Perfect Wife by Marie Ferrarella, Arizona Heat by Jennifer Greene, Deceptions by Annette Broadrick, Dr. Dad by Judith Arnold, Send Me a Hero by Rita Herron, Tangled Lies by Anne Stuart, Love by Proxy by Diana Palmer, The Temptation of Rory Monahan by Elizabeth Bevarly, Mysterious Stranger by Patricia Rosemoor, and Bayou Midnight by Emilie Richards.
DARE HAD GONE TOO FAR. Valentine Sinclair, the Earl of Dare, was an enigma, even to those who professed to know him well. For while his morals seemed suspect and his leisure pursuits as reckless as any of his well-heeled peers', there was something lurking beneath the facade of good looks, wit and charm that he so skillfully hid behind. Or so it had seemed, until the night Dare wagered a small fortune for a French gambler's English mistress, and won. Now, with the stunning widow installed at his town house even the Matchmaking Mamas of the ton were doubting that the Earl of Dare would ever recover his good name, for it appeared that the infamous Mrs. Carstairs was destined to become a Sinclair Bride.
He'd forgotten so muchUndercover agent Nick Deandro lost more than his vision when a shotgun blast shattered his life. Only he and the woman he loved knew the promises they'd just made: rings, babies, mortgages. Now he'd forgotten them all. Her name, her face...all but her touch.And he'd never known about the childAbby Sterling needed a rest. They promised her watching Nick would be just that-a safe job. But not for Abby. Because how could she protect Nick, stand close, when between them lay all that he'd forgotten? Every kiss. Every promise...and her growing secret.
When people connected to a two-year-old cartel case start disappearing, FBI agent Rae Phillips worries she may be next. When she is kidnapped for information, Rae finds herself hostage to a captor as mysterious as he is seductive. And even though she has never seen his face, his voice is hauntingly familiar. . .
HE WOULD NEVER FORGET...The destruction of the U.S. embassy in Amsterdam had left ex-CIA operative Rafe Sinclair with flashbacks of the unspeakable horrors he'd witnessed that night, and forced him to abandon the job he'd dedicated his life to. His only consolation had been that the terrorist behind the attack was dead-killed by Rafe's own hand.Now, six years later, someone was trying to convince Rafe that the terrorist was alive. And that someone was targeting the one person who could draw Rafe Sinclair back into the game-Elizabeth Richards. Elizabeth and Rafe had once been partners and lovers, and he would give up everything to keep her safe-everything. And it looked as though, this time, that was exactly what it was going to take!
HOME TO TEXASThe three McCullar brothers once stood strong against the lawlessness and trouble in their territory. Then the events of one fateful night shattered their bond and sent them far from home. But their hearts belong to the land-and the women-they left behind. And now all three are coming...HOME TO TEXASSHE'D NEVER TOLD HIM...The night before he'd left town, Chase McCullar and Samantha Kincaid had finally shared a long-simmering passion. But Chase's brother's death had sent him on a mission that consumed him-leaving Samantha behind. For five long years, she'd guarded her secret...and sung lullabies and kissed tiny toes. Now little Amanda is missing....NOW HE HAD TO KNOW...And there's only one man to bring her home. But what will Chase say when the "baby" turns out to be a little girl with his own unmistakable blue eyes?
American merchant John Raven had offered the lovely Lady Catherine Montfort freedom in exchange for marriage and she had accepted - despite her father's assertion that he would rather see the interloping colonial dead than wed to his daughter.
Includes an excerpt from Daddy by Christmas, by Patricia Thayer.
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