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Whether they're working at home or working far away, teaching you how towalk or how to ride a skateboard, wearing suits or wearing two different socks,daddies can be pretty cool. With childlike smiling stick figures, bold,brilliant color, and upbeat text, picture-book creator Todd Parr celebrates thediverse, wonderful world of fathers in The Daddy Book. As in his Mommy Book, Parr focuses on thedifferences between individual parents ("Some daddies make cookies. Some daddiesstop for doughnuts."), but brings it all together every few pages with lineslike, "All daddies love to kiss and hug you!" or "All daddies like to watch yousleep!" Parr's quirky artwork and eternally optimistic--yet neversaccharine--books are truly irresistible, for both grownups and kids. Don't missany of his friendly, esteem-boosting titles: The Best Friends Book, It's Okay to Be Different,Underwear Do's andDon'ts, and lots more. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter
MOTHER-TO-BE Despite the screech of tires and the shattered glass, pregnant Stacy Patterson was aware that sexy Boyd Macauley had gotten her out of her car accident alive. But she had no money, no place to go, and too much pride to ask for help--until Boyd came to her rescue again. FATHER-BY-PROXY Boyd had vowed never to let another person get too close, yet fragile Stacy needed a place to stay. By day they prepared for the birth of her child, and by night they gave in to their overwhelming passions. He'd vowed that it was strictly temporary--but was he only fooling himself? MATERNITY ROW: The street where little miracles are born!
Parents of twins--and they'd never even kissed! But oh, Laura Edwards wanted to kiss Tom Aldrich. Until she realized it was more than coincidence that made their daughters so amazingly similar. Tom might be the biological father of the child Laura raised as her own! With a fertility clinic scandal brewing, Tom knew there was only one way to protect the girls: marriage! But Laura didn't want a husband--she wanted a saint. The woman was driving him to distraction and Tom would have to pull out the stops on seduction to convince her they should be a family by Christmas!
Fabulous Fathers The Cowboy and his Lady It had been five years since Buck Riley had held Jessie in his arms, five long, lonely years. Now just one look brought the memories flooding back... ...and his Baby? A second look filled Buck with questions. About where she had been since then. And about her little boy, Gopher, whose big blue eyes were mysteriously like his own. Logic had told Buck that Gopher couldn't possibly be his. But Jessie was definitely hiding something. What secrets had driven her from town all those years ago? Buck was determined to uncover the truth--and claim the woman and and her child as his own...
Love with a proper stranger THE SECRET Gabriel Serrano had spent years trying to recover from the sins of the past. He lived quietly, raising his son, Brian--until a mysterious woman appeared on his doorstep. Suddenly history came tumbling back--and threatened to bury Gabriel in its wake. Madelyn St. James was a stranger, yet she arrived staking a claim to Gabriel's house--and, he feared, his soul. How much did she know about what had happened ten years ago? The quiet beauty seemed to offer salvation. But she was a temptation Gabriel didn't dare pursue...
Oh, what a tangled web... Roxanne's husband, Parker Redman, is shocked when he's arrested for delinquent child support... especially since the devoted husband hasn't fathered any children. Who's your daddy? The Parkers' best friends, James and Serena, are in the final stages of a bitter divorce. Just when James thinks his nightmare is over, he learns his daughter has a different daddy... For the love of money... Single mom Lachez Baker is a ghetto-fabulous mother of three who seems to have it all, thanks to money from her children's fathers. But soon, her life of designer clothes, endless parties, and steady cash collides with the man who's been the target of her carefully crafted paternity fraud. From author Pat Tucker comes a drama-filled tale of lies, schemes and consequences as these men discover the importance of knowing the paternity laws in your state.
Darrick McKeon has a major problem -- twin baby girls had been abandoned at his hospital and all the staff had been given was the daddy's name -- D. K. McKeon! One of his brothers must be the father. But then he remembers a certain mountaintop and a lovely lissom pilot who landed him there . . . nine months ago.
WHO'S THE DADDY? IT'S A...DADDY? NAME: Duncan K. McKeon, 6', 170lbs. HAIR: Perfect EYES: Even Better DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: On-screen sizzle, real-life fire FIRST WORDS: "Call my agent!" One sweet night Duncan McKeon had met his soul mate in darkness. But in the morning, the mystery woman had vanished. They'd made some beautiful memories together, but nine months later, Duncan found out they'd made more than that.... Duncan looked into the twins' faces and knew "Dad" was his best role ever. All his new family needed was a wife and mother. He swore he'd track his mystery woman to the world's end, double diaper bag and all. Turned out, though, she was much closer to home...
LITTLE-AND BIG!-DARLIN'(S) Devin Gray had long ago made two resolutions about what was NOT in his future-marriage and fatherhood. And then along came beautiful, lovable and sexy neighbor Molly Shipman to test his resolve on the former. As to the latter, well, when adorable six-year-old Emily showed up on his doorstep, with only a ratty old teddy bear... and a note, claiming HE was her father, well... what was a bachelor to do? Learn to braid hair, for starters. And have tea parties. And chase away bad dreams. And maybe, just maybe... learn how to make both Molly and Emily his own?
In four vibrant verses a young boy revels in the everyday pleasures of growing up in a family of fine artists. A still life of shoes inspires Noah to measure his own little ones against the big ones of his father. The whirl of an abstract painting encourages him to spin with his older sister. The moon outside his window is the same one that glows on his mother's canvas. But the subject that brings out the best in Noah -- and inspires his daddy to call him a man -- has her crib right there in his parents' studio. This book is a celebration of art and an exaltation of family.
First Comes...PregnancySnowbound at a Colorado ranch two days before Christmas with the gallant and gorgeous Matt Hale, Gretchen O'Malley chalked up their one night of fantastic love to cabin fever. But a stork must have stowed away in Santa's sled because Gretchen got pregnant!Then Comes...MarriageDeep down, from the first moment they'd met, Matt knew Gretchen was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. And a twinkle came to his eye whenever he recalled the Christmas passion they'd shared. Now he was gonna be a daddy, and marrying Gretchen was a New Year's resolution he was determined to keep.
Fatherhood wasn't on CEO Travis Callahan's life plan, but his baby niece, Libby, needs him. He's always understood the word duty, and if his new role requires changing diapers and midnight feedings, so be it Unfortunately, taking care of a six-month-old isn't as easy as running a corporation, and Travis is soon in over his head. Luckily for him, former flame Kit Wells is more than happy to help. As part owner of the daycares she ran with Travis's sister, Kit can teach him all about diaper duty. But can she teach him what it feels like to be part of a family? And will Kit be the one who makes it whole. . . ?
FROM HERE TO PATERNITY Taylor Pryce could be described as a professional bachelor...until he discovered little Justin. The nephew he never knew he had. Only, Justin belonged to someone else. Brooke Davenport. She'd adopted him in good faith, believing him to be an orphan baby. Taylor will do anything to gain custody--even marry! He just needs to persuade Brooke that he's the ideal husband she didn't even know she wanted!
She thinks I'm a hero. . . ;But I'm only a former cop, out of the rescue business for a long time now. Still, I couldn't leave Caro Franklin stranded in a snowstorm. Even if bringing that beautiful lady to my home meant my family-and yes, maybe I, too-would immediately fall in love with her. So we just met. We still have. . . ;something. In spite of those "family obligations" of hers that I don't fully understand, there's no denying what's between us. No denying that I could make the perfect father for her son. Now I just have to convince Caro to choose me. . . ;. -Jake McCabe
Could he be her little boy? Six years ago, Sara Hobart helped a childless couple create their own miracle. Now she needed one of her own. All her instincts were telling her she was Kyle Barclay's birth mother. Only one thing stood in her way: Kyle's widowed father. Ever since his wife had died, Nathan had tried to be the best parent he could to five-year-old Kyle. Then this sensual stranger showed up. Legally, Sara had no claim on his son. But how could he keep her from the little boy who already adored her? That went double for Nathan, who was suddenly yearning to go from single dad to devoted family man. . . .
ELEMENTARY MATH Amanda - Ryan = Disaster Amanda + Ryan = Success Amanda + Ryan + Daddy Factor = Both? Amanda Thorne was minus one husband--one she needed, since all her pals thought she already had one. Ryan West was plus one wife--one he didn't need but had--at least on his bank records. That nonexistent wife's signature was essential for Ryan to put through a big deal. So Amanda plus Ryan--a weekend in exchange for a signature--could only equal success for them both, right? Well, yes, but that was without the Daddy Factor.
MALE NANNY WANTED...FAST! Abigail Roberts's sons needed a male influence. So she placed an ad for a male nanny. But the hunk who applied for the job was not what she expected. Tall, dark and handsome, he was her every fantasy. Letting him move in would surely be her downfall... READY AND WILLING HUNK AT YOUR SERVICE, MA'AM Having an apron tied around his muscled waist, feather dusting and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches wasn't Jack's style. Yet he knew that becoming a nanny would provide his young daughter with the love and warmth of a family. And soon Jack realized he, too, needed this family. Now he had to convince Abigail to turn his part-time position into a lifetime partnership!
After doing time, Justin Dillon was a changed man determined to lead a decent life. Then a strange woman swept through town, dumping a seven-year-old in his lap, claiming Justin was the daddy and disappearing. Justin was only beginning to take baby steps toward betterment-was he ready to be a father? Or ready for family, for that matter? Because at every turn, there was Gina Steele. The young woman had been so busy skipping grades and getting degrees, she'd never had time tolive. But Justin would change all that-with just one kiss. Could this sheriff's sister join forces with an ex-con to make a home for a lost little boy? Stranger things had happened in Destiny. . . ;.
Ian Miller bought Blacksmith Farm to find peace and quiet to write his next bestseller - not to spend it with a widow caretaker and her baby! But a blizzard has them stuck together like one big happy family - and the city slicker is enjoying the country life. He's even considering a new chapter in his life - that of loving husband and father.
A heartwarming celebration of daddies everywhere, featuring animal families and the love they share, from Caldecott honoree Nancy Tafuri.Features Read-Aloud/Read-to-Me functionality where available.All across the woodlands, animal daddies and their little ones cuddle up together. From furry bear hugs to silky hare hugs, Nancy Tafuri celebrates all the hugs that are extra special because they are just-daddy-and-me hugs. A special author's note includes a list of critters to seek and find on each page, along with their scientific names.
ACCIDENTAL MOMS Dear Darby, Here's my baby 1. Feed her 2. Love her 3. Find her daddy Love, Eloise Darby Simms loved baby Sissy instantly, so following her best friend's first two instructions was no problem. Number three--well, that was the catch. Eloise hadn't left any hints about the father's identity, so Darby found herself on a daddy hunt, asking five different men one awkward question. When the first man 'fessed up, Darby was about to say "I do"--until a crucial fact about her husband-to-be had her fleeing the altar. With a mob of reporters on her tail and the baby in her arms, Darby did the only thing possible--she jumped into the car of vacationing stranger Christian Blake. But had she gone from the frying pan into the fire?
OPERATION: Daddy Boot CampSUBJECT: Three-year-old Blue, the daughter whom--until three days ago--U. S. Marine Curt Blackwell didn't know existed. MISSION: Fatherhood. Bedtime stories. Plaiting hair. Holding hands. COMPLICATIONS: Preschool teacher Jessie Moore. They had a past, but Curt avoided those waters. Unlike Blue's fear of monsters under the bed, a woman's emotions truly spelled danger. And he was growing defenseless against this woman's warmth and beauty. . . . MISSION SUCCESS: Uncertain. Curt would survive--but not necessarily with his heart intact!
There hasn't been a daddy in Halle's house for a while now. Her parents, Logan Wakefield and Dana Marlow, are divorced. Halle lives with her mommy in Chicago, and her daddy's an investigator who travels all over the world. Then Hallie has an accident. Logan rushes to the hospital, where his daughter is still unconscious. When she comes to, she recognizes him-but not her mother. Dana is shocked, hurt, confused. She's not sure how to react when Logan announces that he'll be moving back into the house. She has no choice but to agree, at least while Hallie's still suffering from amnesia. And while Dana herself, who works for the State Attorney's office, is involved with a potentially dangerous case. But Halle's puzzled by the way her mommy and daddy are acting-they're mad at each other one minute... and kissing the next.
"Come here, cowboy."Luminous gray eyes...long dark curls...come-hither smile. For months, Conn Flannigan was haunted by tantalizing images of a night he couldn't remember-and a woman he couldn't forget. He'd returned to St. Valentine to find her and recover his lost memories. The instant he spied Rita Niles, Conn knew he was in the right place. Could he prove he wasn't the footloose playboy he used to be...now that he was going to be a father?No more cowboys!That was Rita's philosophy...until the single mom met that gorgeous Texas heartbreaker. Now she was having Conn's baby and the daddy-to-be wanted her to give him another chance. But who was the real Conn? Was she ready to trust her future to a man who could take off and leave her high and dry again?
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