Casualties: 22! That means twenty-two of the e-mails I received had something wrong with them. I did nothing more than check that the info I requested was included – Genre, Title, Word count, contact info and that the pitch was no longer than 200 words. Here is a quick list of issues that may have landed your pitch in the trash folder.
- Over 200 words – 6 (Some by as little as three words, while others….)
- No Genre – 5 (Sorry, but I’m not going to guess folks)
- Double entry – 1 (more than one pitch in an e-mail)
- No Word count – 8 (This is info an agent really likes to have)
- No Title – 1 (Pretty important)
- Missing more than one piece of info – 1 (Word count & genre)
So that’s the list this session. Now the Agents get a shot at the ones that made it in.
A big welcome to our guest agents.
We thank you for coming, welcome your comments and hope that you find something that piques your interest.
Pitches are numbered, with genre, title, word count, and of course the pitch. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to request more information on any of the pitches.
Just send me the number of the pitch(s) you liked, how you want the author to make contact with you, and I’ll pass the info along to the author.
#1 – Paranormal Romantic Comedy
Title: KEENAN’S DILEMMA
Keenan Swanson is your typical, everyday graphic designer. Well, except for the hundreds of pesky, prank-loving poltergeists that make his life interesting (in a Chinese curse sort of way). He finds his situation precarious yet manageable—until witty, smoking-hot coworker Isabella enters the scene and Keenan decides he wants her all for himself. With a horny succubus who has other ideas, a burly city cop determined to lock Keenan away, and an evil entity who’s hell-bent on using Keenan’s seed to create a living demon, the reluctant psychic realizes he just might not come out of this alive—or with heart intact.
I currently have four books published by small presses: STARSIGHT, VOL. I & II (epic fantasy), THE CENTURION & THE QUEEN (historical romance), and THE EDGE OF HONOR (historical romance). In November 2009 my first children’s book, A BOY & HIS WIZARD, will be released, followed next year by its sequel, A BOY & HIS LIZARD. Two additional STARSIGHT books are scheduled for release in March and November of 2010. In addition, I have a comedy contribution featured in A CUP OF COMFORT FOR SINGLE MOTHERS.
#2 – Regency Historical Romance
Title: Above Scandal
Word count 87,000 approx
Constance Grange has a knack for trouble and with the nickname Pixie, is there any wonder? Ever since she arrived in London , it’s been one unfortunate accident after another. And when the handsome marquess keeps coming to her rescue, Pixie is in the most danger of her life. She’s falling for a man already betrothed to another.
Jack Overton, the Marquess of Frieth, was so certain he could ignore Constance’s presence in his home, but he’s not as immune to her charms as he had hoped. Given the fact she refused to marry him, he probably should not be in her bedchamber, or holding her, and certainly not kissing her. But she is the only woman in England who can melt the cold-hearted marquess.
As Constance negotiates the tricky world he lives in, Jack’s protective urges get the better of him. The trouble, it seems, is catching her before she falls: into the pond, off her horse, out of grace. That last one might be his fault though. He is not doing a very good job of keeping them both above scandal.
#3 – Romantic Suspense with a futuristic twist
Word count: 82,000
Children with no birth records and a soldier with PTSD together must define the value of human life.
Within days of identifying her estranged sister’s body, Jenna Mosier is abducted at knifepoint, drugged, and left for dead on a mountain. She awakes in a remote mountain cabin with a man she’s never met. Her own life is now at stake unless she uncovers the mystery of her sister’s death. Her only clue is the bloody note police found clutched in her sister’s hand asking for someone to save her baby. The problem is there is no record of a baby being born in the last ten years.
Former Marine Special Ops, Reed Adler, retired from the military after back-to-back missions in Afghanistan and Iraq . All he wants is to live away from the world in his mountain cabin in a small town. That ideal is shattered when he is faced with a dead body and a terrified ten year old boy practically in his backyard, along with a mesmerizing woman who’s tied to both. Soon he finds himself caught up in a dangerous mystery of seemingly expendable children that is more complex than any mission he’s faced before.
#4 – Romantic Suspense with a Futuristic Twist
Word count: 95,000
Living 800 years is like the fountain of youth for some…and for others it’s worse than a death sentence.
Eternity is the owner of a virus that allows humans to live up to 800 years. Miki leads a rebel organization known as the Agers. Their purpose is to create a counter agent to reintroduce “natural” death, no matter the cost. When Eternity learns of the Ager plan, they send their best agents to infiltrate the Ager organization and to sabotage any efforts to distribute a counter-virus.
Rohin and Miki were science partners and passionate lovers when they originally discovered the Eternity virus in Antarctica two hundred years ago. But each chose a different path to fight Eternity. When they meet again, Rohin realizes he must rally his resources to stop the Ager virus or risk the only viable future he sees.
But no one can foresee the extent human treachery will go when there are astronomical profits and world-wide political power at stake. Will Rohin and Miki combine forces against a greater evil, or fight each other over prolonged life or natural death? Their decision will determine who survives—and, ultimately, the outcome of humanity’s future.
#5 – Paranormal Romance
Title: Nocturnal Vengeance
Tempeste is among the fiercest warrior vampires the hunters employ. But her duty to her race is clouded by a personal agenda. For forty years, Tempeste has been on a dangerous mission to avenge her parents. The vampire who killed them is one of the strongest alive – and the male who once owned her heart.
Vincent overcame tremendous odds to join the hunters. Even after centuries of dedicated service, he was considered the blacksheep. To most, he seemed the obvious suspect for the murder of two hunters. Out to prove he didn’t kill them, Vincent made it his own mission to hunt the murderer while living on the run as a rogue hunter.
Now Vincent is forced to cooperate with Tempeste – the female he’s always loved and the hunter assigned to kill him. But convincing her of his innocence is the easy part. Together they must destroy the man who killed her parents – a renegade with unheard of powers – before the hunters find themselves fighting to survive instead of fighting to protect.
Nocturnal Vengeance is a paranormal romance approximately 95,000 words, and is the second novel in my exciting vampire series. Thank you for your time and consideration.
#6 – Historical
Title: Hers to Captivate
Hers To Captivate is a completed historical Romance of 75,000 words. In this Scarlett O’Hara/Magnificent Obsession story, Amalie Renard is a saloon singing poker player, who longs for respectability and a music hall of her own. In the quiet town of Paradise Pines, she thinks she’s found the perfect spot to put down roots. Though her past has made it almost impossible for her trust anyone, handsome hotelier Declan Grainger makes her heart sing. When the jewels she counted on to fund her dreams are stolen a piece at a time by the Night Angel, the town’s self-appointed protector, she turns to Declan for help.
Raised by wealthy foster parents, Declan Grainger repays their generosity by anonymously helping the town’s unfortunate as the Night Angel. The moment he hears Amalie’s captivating voice, he knows she’s the woman for him. He promises to build her a music hall as a way of keeping her close. When he learns the jewels her dead husband gave her are stolen property, he uses his Night Angel disguise to take and return the jewels knowing he must protect her from prison even if it means losing her trust and the woman he loves forever.
#7 – Paranormal Romance
Title: Nocturnal Born
Twelve hours ago, Alexis Worthington was content to keep her life predictably safe – as it had been for over a decade. Now, she can’t leave the house without the threat of being abducted or even killed. Her only hope of survival lies within a secret society of vampire warriors.
What’s worse, she’s discovered she’s not entirely human!
Cassius’s cold, calculated nature has given him the ability to be a fierce renegade slayer – until a half-blooded female swindles her way into his heart. Cassius must keep Alexis close, even though the emotions she brings forth cloud his mind, and prevent him from being a ruthless hunter.
The renegades have waged an offensive attack against the hunters in order to capture Alexis. When Cassius realizes the strength of her powers, he understands why the renegades are desperate to get her. She has the potential to annihilate the entire vampire race. Alexis must rely on the protection of a domineering vampire who happens to be the same man who destroyed her father, and ruined her childhood.
Nocturnal Born is a paranormal romance approximately 105,000 words, and is the first novel in my exciting vampire series. Thank you for your time and consideration.
#8 – Romantic Suspense
Title: Zackly Right
Word Count: 98,000
Marley Dunbaughro pretended to be a stripper to get into reclusive millionaire Zack Pennimon’s apartment in search of a missing statuette. Once in, he wouldn’t let her out.
Lonely and curious, at first he’s only teasing. He could have her arrested for ransacking his apartment, but he’ll let her off if she becomes his love slave. Though Marley has been known to do some silly things ranging from accidentally riding an elephant through an elite, planned community to falling out of a stolen van onto a cop car, she takes her work as a private investigator very seriously. She won’t be his love slave, but she’s more than willing to be his body guard.
When Zack was a child he watched kidnappers take his father, then return him piece by piece. Now those kidnappers have escaped from prison and are determined to kill him for taking the witness stand. In fact, they’re right outside. But Zack doesn’t hire Marley to keep him safe. He hires her so he can keep her safe. He should have known what she’d do when she found out.
#9 – Women’s fiction
She had no choice. She had to help the injured man. The price proved higher than Kasey ever imagined, and led to danger and death — and healing and love.
FOREWARNING is a 92,000 word woman’s suspense novel about Kasey Martin, an alternative healer, who must face her past and regain her dormant psychic abilities in order to protect herself and those she loves. It has finaled in three writing contests and speaks to the growing interest in all things psychic.
Grieving and guilt stricken after her husband’s suicide, Kasey Martin had closed her energetic healing practice and retreated to her Oregon horse ranch. One night she rescues a badly injured man, and, at an unexpected cost to herself, uses her neglected skills to save his life. This starts her on a journey of healing and danger. Helping on her path is Jim Bradley, an old friend who has long been in love with her. When criminals looking for her patient invade the serenity of her world, she must use her skills to save all three of their lives. In doing so, she again opens herself to love.
#10 – Contemporary paranormal romance
Title: The found girl
Word Count: 100,000
Jonas Kavanagh’s life has been predetermined. One day he will be king to a magical elf kingdom and he will also be the first in the royal line to take a human as queen. Only two complications stand in his way. First, the human woman fated to be this queen doesn’t believe in love, magic or even the prediction. Second, and far more difficult to overcome, the person assigned the task of finding this human wants nothing more than see Jonas joined with someone else and he possesses enough power to accomplish this.
Alvina McKellen’s life has been one loss after another. Orphaned and unwanted by relatives forced to care for her, then framed by a man who said he loved her, she seeks a new life far from where she began. She sure never expected that new life to involve a frightening man with strange abilities and an unexpected marriage to a supposed king.
Together, a reluctant elf king and a lost girl find passion, love and their destiny together, something not even the most powerful magic of one who would tear them apart can destroy.
#11 – Young Adult Fiction Romance (Suspense)
Title: Surviving Truth
Word Count: 55K
When troublemaking fifteen year old Tina Lilly is sent to live with her grandmother, she has trouble adjusting to the slow way of life in small town Texas . Things suddenly take a turn after she discovers an old journal in the attic which reveals a murder her grandmother committed fifty years earlier..
In this “My So-Called Life meets Veronica Mars” coming of age romantic suspense novel, Tina will learn that sometimes living a lie is the only way to survive the truth.
#12 – Contemporary romance
Title: In the Heart
Word Count: 140,000
After a tragic shooting claims the life of her fiancé, Celia Bailey returns to her small hometown vowing one day to find love again. A year later, she’s finding it difficult to keep that vow when the one man occupying her thoughts and haunting her dreams is a man she knows shouldn’t get involved with.
Toby Colton is about to find life as he knows it turned upside down. He has a steady job as a prison guard and is forming ties in the close-knit community he recently moved to. However, a chance meeting on the side of a road might change all this. It is literally love at first sight when he stops to help the stranded young woman who is mysteriously evasive with her identity.
As the daughter of the warden, Celia refuses to get romantically involved with a prison employee. When Toby learns Celia is also the sister to his new best friend, he promises his interest in her does not extend beyond friendship. But love doesn’t always follow the rules. And when Celia’s life is on the line, Toby risks his own to save the one woman he knows he can never live without.
#13 – GLBT Romance/Contemporary/Rock Band
Title: Shattered Glass
Word Count: 60,527
Rock’s Glass Cracks
Shattered Glass, the Hard Rock Band famous for Liam O’Shea’s haunting melodies and Milo Stamis’ soulful lyrics; shocked fans today, issuing a terse statement through their manager, and former drummer, Sam Stein.
Mr. Stein announced Liam the was no longer with the group, citing “creative differences.” The hotel media center exploded in a cacophony of shouts. Mr. Stein waited for the din to die. “No further comment at this time.”
As Sam stepped down from the podium, a stringer for a grocery rag grabbed his arm. “Doesn’t Liam owe his fans an explanation?” He shouted into Sam’s ear.
Stein’s tone and stare conveyed enough ice to freeze the Sahara, “His music speaks for him.” Sam turned on his heel and left the stage.
The PR rep from their label stayed behind and pulled Sam aside as he attempted to exit the room.
“Come on, Sam…at least tell me the truth, off the record. Were they lovers? Rumor abounds of a blowup at the rehearsal and some physical altercation.”
The rep gone, Sam stood alone, shook his head and thought, “The truth is more complicated than you could imagine.”
#14 – Historical
Title: Honor Bound
Word Count: about 124,000
As William the Conqueror’s sons battle for his throne, Vesper must prove her honor to others and her worthiness to herself. To keep her estate, she gives her oath of fealty to the new king. Once she is bound to obey him, he commands her to wed against her will and uses her in his fight to save his throne from his brother’s efforts to supplant him.
Grim Eryvine, the warrior she is forced to marry, believes women have no honor and the strategically located Havre de Grace needs a warlord, not a woman. Even as they engage in a battle of wills, Grim is irresistibly drawn to the headstrong demoiselle. As the web of longing for her tightens around him, he grows to fear that she loves her estate more than she could love any man.
Because of her work for the king, Vesper finds herself entangled in the schemes of Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux. The devious bishop leads the rebellion and seeks to suborn Vesper into treason with a tantalizing promise. In exchange for her help, the usurper will grant her control of her land unencumbered by an unwanted husband. Vesper must now choose: honor or treason.
#15 – Historical Romance/Georgian
Title: Proof of Love
On the evening that Lady Susan Lanier was made the laughingstock of polite society, she gave up on love. The Duke of Danesleigh, an eminent scientist, never believed in love in the first place.
But a duke needs a wife, and Susan needs an escape from a father who can’t forgive her scandalous past.
Both get more than they bargain for when the Duke’s theories on choosing a mother for his heirs bring them together. Can Susan move out of the shadows that darken her life to prove to the Duke that love may be the greatest experiment of all?
#16 – Young Adult Fantasy with Romantic Elements
Title: The Horse Charmer
63,925 word count
Princess Cassia’s world turns upside down when her father is murdered and she must marry a neighboring Prince to keep the peace. Cassia runs away the night before her wedding using her remarkable horse charming gifts to escape and sets out to discover who killed her father and why. Nothing is as simple as it seems with unusual powers and political intrigue from all sides shadowing her on her search for the truth.
#17 – Romantic Comedy
Title: “Of Vice and Men”
Word Count 90,000
Fifteen years ago, Chace Viera read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Now a widow at age thirty three, Chace begins a quest for her own Mr. Darcy in Jennifer Hilt’s romantic comedy “Of Vice and Men”.
Her journey begins at her Aunt’s Sante Fe, New Mexico Ranch, already quite a change from her Rhode Island small town life. When Chace’s aunt mysteriously disappears after her arrival, she must manage the ranch alone.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of men. A perpetually shirtless twenty something boarder at the ranch vies with the local hot tamale Sheriff for Chace’s affections.
Suddenly her dance card is pretty full. She’s dealing with nosy RV park neighbors, her roller girl team and rogue prospectors on the property. Not to mention a kennel full of dogs.
Eventually, Chace happily settles in the buff arm of the law. And she learns Mr. Darcy looks great in chaps.
#18 – Historical/Paranormal Romance
Title: The Midnight Dance/the Devereaux Chronicles
70,080 Word Count
It is the 1800’s in the heart of New Orleans, where above ground graves guard their secrets with moss cloaked tenacity, and where Deidre Devereaux has not only inherited a plantation, but something more…something wicked…something long dead…something that wants her… and her soul.
Deidre is a strong willed beauty whose presence is felt by everyone who comes in contact with her. Her life has been out of her control for years, but now she has decided to do whatever it takes to regain it.
Roark Sullivan, Deidre’s first love, is a wealthy entrepreneur who has returned to New Orleans after a prolonged absence. He returns, knowing doing so will cost him, possibly beyond the grave.
#19 – Romantic Women’s Fiction
Title: HEALING NOTES
Word count: 75,000
Forgiving yourself is the first step, but helping others forgive may be just too hard.
Rachel Cullen grew up in Scotland with a fiddle in her hand from the age of four. She couldn’t imagine life as anything but a musician. When her husband brought her to America she was immediately embraced by the Celtic and Bluegrass communities and built a career with the Sweetwater Canyon Band. But her life is a mess. A divorce, followed by a year of trying to prove that she’s woman enough for any man left her reeling. Just as her confidence returned, a vicious rape leaves Rachel believing that love is a fantasy that only fools would indulge.
When Rachel meets Noel Kershaw, a High School English teacher with a young child, she is drawn into their lives. Suffering from his own divorce and very demanding in his criteria for a new mate, this new relationship sends all the wrong signals. Rachel must reconcile who she is, what she wants, and how to get there before taking on Noel and his daughter. And when she does, will Noel be able to overcome his own past and love her?
#20 – Historical Romance
Title: A Sensible Arrangement
Word Count: 93,000 +
Serena Middleton is intelligent and practical. So, when her life takes an unexpected turn, she can accept that an arranged marriage to Edward Sterling is a necessary and logical choice. Her common sense, however, warns her to guard her heart against this handsome and charming womanizer.
Edward’s life is going according to plan. Until, that is, his wealthy uncle is murdered at Edward and Serena’s engagement party and suddenly Edward is the prime suspect. Although Serena suspects Edward is incapable of remaining faithful to his marriage vows, she is certain he is not capable of murder. Or is he?
Edward and Serena work together to unravel the mystery. Betrayal, blackmail, espionage and family skeletons muddy the waters, but eventually the murderer is revealed. Along the way, they discover their marriage will be much, much more than just A Sensible Arrangement.
A Sensible Arrangement is a historical romance and a murder mystery that takes place in Regency England.
#21 – Romantic Suspense
Word count: 100,000.
Murder, betrayal, and fear, that is what Alexander Baker’s has life consisted of for the past four years. But after meeting sexy cattle rancher Colt Bryan, excitement, love, and smoking-hot sex is what her life consist of now. Colt shows her that she doesn’t have to run from her past any longer. She shows him how fun loving Cajuns enjoy life and helps to heal his bruised and battered heart But before Colt and Alex can ride off into the sunset they must face her past and her sadistic estranged husband whose looking to kill her and anyone who tries to stop him.
#22 – Historical romance
Title: The Devil’s Daughter
100,000 word count
The Eve every man imagined entered the Whiskey Spades saloon and left Gade Ryder with the bill to her drink. Only he’s not in paradise and he plans to make the little Devil’s Daughter pay him back in full.
Returning to Eden, Texas after a twelve-year absence Gade reluctantly agrees to help save the family ranch from rustlers. Had he agreed out of a misplaced family loyalty or had the compelling mystery of the Devil’s Daughterenticed him to stay in a place he didn’t want to be? When the little criminal is accused of murder, Gade realizes his growing attraction for her could not only cost him his freedom, it may well cost him his life.
On the run from her outlaw past, Blaze Marie Austin needs to find a gang of rustlers to repay a debt. She’s stunned to learn she’s suspected of aiding the rustlers and accused of murder. Now, she must choose to trust in a man who’s convinced a leopard can’t change its spots or keep running from a past she can no longer hide.
Will secrets from her past ruin any chance she has of becoming this angel’s wife?
#23 – Erotic Romance/Paranormal, Contemporary
Title: Midsummer Night
Word Count: 71,000
Beltane (ISBN 978-1-897559-57-4, Eternal Press, October 2008), an erotic, contemporary paranormal romance, introduced Zen Van Zandt, a witch who uses her gift of empathy to tell fortunes at her shop on Milwaukee’s eccentric Brady Street. Zen’s twin sister Allie unexpectedly found the love of her life.
In Midsummer Night, Zen has fallen in love with biology grad student/modern Pagan Ramesh Sudhra. One thing stands in the way of their happiness: his traditional Indian-American family doesn’t welcome Zen. Between his stern mother’s disapproval, Zen’s one-year vow of celibacy, and her assistant’s romantic troubles with a wild new witch, Zen’s life may never be the same.
Midsummer Night is the second book in the 12-part Pagan Spirits series.
#24 – Historical romance
Title: The Devil’s Dynasty
85,000 word count
One man’s revenge becomes one woman’s salvation in my story Rio Ryder had ulterior motives when he accepted the job to find a gang of cattle thieves; revenge against the man who’d killed his family. His priorities changed and he added seducing the boss’s daughter to that list. His investigation exposes her scheme to steal her own father’s cattle. Dark family secretes are revealed and a suspicious murder forces him to make a choice. Un-heroic, Rio’s always lived selfishly, now he must choose the revenge he’s longed for or save the life of the woman who’s managed to turn his world upside down.
Georgia Devlin has lived her life trying to prove herself to her father. When he remarries a woman who only wants to sell her beloved ranch, George concocts a plan to steal the cattle in order to buy the ranch back. Only her plan backfires when her stepmother hires a ranch detective. She struggles to guard her secretes from the handsome stranger but fails to guard her heart. Now she must choose to trust in the Detective to save her from her own good intentions.
#25 – Romantic Suspense with supernatural elements
Title: Faerie Cake Dead
Word Count: 65,000 words
When divorcee Luna Devere , owner of Faerie Cake Junction, meets general contractor Devin Radford, chaos reigns. While Devin wreaks romantic havoc in Luna’s life, Luna finds a dead man sitting in her tea shop awaiting his tea.
The tea shop is surrounded by faerie folk who have befriended Luna. They know who did the deed, but aren’t saying. The sheriff is convinced Luna’s the culprit, Devin wonders just how odd Luna is even though he’s drawn to her and Luna’s ex-husband tries to incriminate her for reasons and purposes all his own.
#26 – Regency Romance
Title: Margaret’s Rematch
Word count: 70,000
Margaret Fairfax – young, handsome, of independent fortune – must settle in her new life at Northbrook Hall – the country estate of her brother-in-law – upon her sister’s death. There she faces a major challenge of proving to Mr. Westfield, whose morals are of a rather rigid nature and whose dislike of her is legendary, that she is worthy of his regard and affection, despite some unfortunate rumours that had followed her from London.
However, when it looks like the matter of his opinion is splendidly resolved in her favour and his heart is on its way of getting firmly attached, Margaret’s complacency is shattered by the arrival of her deceitful friend, who poses a serious threat to the promotion of their relationship to the next level, employing her extensive knowledge of Margaret’s past and her cunning mind to discredit her in Mr. Westfield’s eyes once and for all.
#27 – Romantic Women’s Fiction
Word count: 95,000
Balancing a career and a relationship is never easy, and it’s even harder when you are on the road and everyone wants a piece of you.
Becoming a member of an all-woman acoustic band on the bluegrass festival circuit was certainly not what Michele Scott had envisioned for herself as a young music major. A pop star is what she’d set out to be. Instead, she found her soul in an upright bass and the mountain music that some called “hick.” As the bass player with the Sweetwater Canyon Band, Michele has enjoyed the new found sisterhood of the other muscians, and no time for dating suits her just fine.
Three weeks before Michele’s band sets out on tour she collides with the mesmerizing and irresistible Jason Blackstone—a man whose startling blue-green eyes and commanding presence make her insides melt like a spent candle. But Michele’s last romance ended in heartbreak over her choice of career. She’s worked far too hard to risk trying to manage a career and life on the road with a long distance relationship. But Jason makes her question that balance in her life and her band mates don’t make the decisions any easier.
#28 – Romantic Suspense
Title: Target of Betrayal
As a widowed mother, Kathleen Landon knows all about pain and suffering. But when an ex-boyfriend returns under false pretenses, she learns her deceased husband’s bizarre construction accident was an attempt to cover up a horrendous crime spree being operated by a traitor inside the FBI. Now she’s under the protection of a handsome U.S. Marshal and searching for incriminating evidence to expose a cold-blooded killer before becoming his next target.
#29 – Historical
Title: A KISS IN THE WIND
Pick-pocketing Marisol Castellan will do anything to find her missing brother, including murder. A clue leads her to a treasure-laden ship off the coast of Hispaniola and the man sent to protect it. Libertine pirate, Captain Blade Tyburn, discovers the knife-wielding Marisol has stolen his precious cameo and suspects she is behind the bizarre disappearance of his silver shipment. Keeping the thieving temptress close has unleashed a firestorm of peril, treachery, and unbridled passion as they embark on a chase after a mysterious ship thought to hide the riches. Amid a whirlpool of deadly deception, will the thief and the pirate learn to trust one another and conquer the veiled enemy hell bent on crushing them all?
#30 – Contemporary Romance
Title: What She was Missing
Someone once said, ‘Running from your problems never solves anything’.
That someone – was a liar.
After four years of hiding, Alisa Leighton is just as sure of her decision to run as the day she’d left. Sheltered in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, she’s opened a haven for abused women, giving them a chance to start over.
But the affects of domestic violence radiate, touching everyone in their sphere and when Donovan Marshall comes into town, Alisa finds it impossible to walk away from the pain and desperation she recognizes in his eyes – especially since she harbors a deep guilt for turning his little sister away – a week before her murder.
Alisa’s touch and her offer to show Donovan a better way to honor his sister’s memory, pull him into her world. Attraction, indecision, and guilt tug at the scattered emotions inherent in trusting again, until Alisa and Donovan must find security in one another as a deadly threat to one of the women puts all their lives in danger.