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Christmas at Apple Lake
Coldwater Creek, Georgia 2006
No one ever said happiness was forever. Gage Landon knew all about forever. It wasn’t.
Not only had Ken, her twenty-nine-year-old husband, manipulated her life, but he’d continued to betray her, their children and their marriage vows. Ken had put another woman before his family. How had she missed the signs, the clues? A cool calmness carried what little sanity she had left.
If only she’d known the future, she’d have taken steps to improve their declining marriage, to develop a stronger independence.
They’d argued over money—again. In an outburst of rage, Ken had stormed out of the house without a word, slammed the door behind him, and roared off in his souped-up Chevy.
That was the last time she’d seen her husband, Ken, alive.
The realization of being on her own hit her in the gut. She barely had enough in the bank to bury her husband. Being manipulated and taken care of had blown up in her face. She wasn’t prepared for changes that were sure to come, but life wouldn’t be put off. She’d been so gullible, because she believed she could change Ken. No more. Never again. The future appeared bleak, but she wasn’t going to bow down to failure. No. She was going to take charge.
At twenty-eight, she wanted more for her children. Herself. More than to simply exist: to be what she knew she could be. The time had come to get up off her duff and do something. To find a way to do what she had to do to raise her girls. By herself.
Christmas was two weeks away and Christmas was all about her girls, love and forgiveness.
Three months later.
Three months after Ken’s death, her home at Coldwater Creek had burned to the ground.
Gage used every ounce of courage within her to climb from the devastation that had battered her the past three months. She’d had no intention of living in the home her grandparent’s had willed to her, but the move to Apple Lake was imminent.
To uproot the girls, pull up stakes and move to the North Georgia mountains.
To begin again.
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Nursing wounds over a broken engagement, twenty-seven-year old Cali Weston, has no inclinations of becoming involved again and submerges herself into Weston Art Gallery, intent in making it the best in Atlanta.
Summoned to Crossroads, Tennessee to settle her father's affairs, she meets Trace Robbins, widowed at twenty-six.
It's been a year since the death of his wife, Jena. Trace faces raising his son, Dylan, alone. He blames himself for both the accident and Jena's death. Now her memory haunts him. Neither love or marriage is an option.
Sparks fly when Cali realizes Trace's interests are centered not on her, but on two-hundred acres of prime farm land, she'd acquired from her father. Cali finds her concern leans toward the heart. She struggles with meeting obligations of the art studio and holding onto last ties of her father's memory.
Neither deny a strong attraction to the other.
Trace can't let go of Jena's memory, and Cali won't play second fiddle to a ghost.
A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
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Think Sandra Bullock meets country hunk. Wacky fresh and funny characters are stranded together in a Smoky Mountain snowstorm three days before Christmas.
Tina Cole wants back control of her life, until she meets a country hunk. Falling in love isn't part of the bargain. On the rebound from a fizzled relationship, she lands on writer Hank Gordon's doorstep and finds that everything she thought she wanted out of life means nothing without love.
Recently divorced and disillusioned by love, Hank Gordon has sworn off women. He isn't in the mood to entertain a woman with an attitude who frustrates him more than any woman he’s ever met. Hank’s novel deadline is twenty-four hours away and he's cut off from
the world with no phone or email service, and a beautiful, aggravating crazy woman to distract him.
If Hank thinks his life couldn't get any worse, he's wrong. Not only is he baby-sitting a sassy Southern princess who has no idea what a kitchen is for, but two escaped convicts turn up at the cabin, while Hank’s horse is about to foal.
A rollicking story filled with passion, humor, suspense, and zesty romantic adventure.
A Smoky Mountain Christmas is a delightful read. Two quirky, misfits on the rebound accidentally wind up stranded together in an isolated place. Over the course of a few days, they grow to appreciate each other and lose their hearts in spite of seemingly overwhelming odds. Two more dissimilar characters I've never met, but they are able to grow together and find that the other is exactly what they need to heal their past hurts and become whole again. A sweet feel-good story for the holidays.
A Matter of Taste
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The sheriff turned a blind eye when young Hannah was violated by her drunken stepfather.
Hannah's mother, the one person who should protect her, was dying of cancer, but even in her weakened condition, she offered a way out.
After her mother's death, will Hannah be able to protect herself or will she be driven over the edge?