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December 7, 2016

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The third novel in my Going to the Dogs series features Dr. Connor Wentworth, one of the AlphaGroup's original co-founders. He's a reconstructive surgeon who wants to keep his life simple. Finding it difficult to choose between love or medicine, he's chosen to focus on his gift and his calling. That works well for him until he gets a load of RN Talia Cassano. Now he has to reassess his life, discover balance and make a place for her there. This all throws Talia for a loop. She got involved once with a doctor who left her without so much as a by your leave, moved out of state, and married within six months of the break up. Her heart's a little tender, but Connor knows how to heal, he is a doctor after all. Can he pick up the pieces of her broken heart and mend them with his gentle hands? Or will the stress of trying to make room in his life break her heart all over again?




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Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date:December 7, 2016
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RN Talia Cassano works on the same floor of the hospital as gorgeous, sexy Dr. Connor Wentworth, sought after high society bachelor and world renowned reconstructive surgeon. Burned by love, she’s well aware she’s out of his league and really wants a simple life, her dream to own a flower shop on the horizon. But then her brother and mother are in a car accident, her brother’s head and face injuries severe and disfiguring. Even her life savings won’t cover the expensive procedures. She knows that Connor works for AlphaGroup and a grant could help with the high cost of his services. Even as he works tirelessly and generously for the sake of her brother, could she trust the same type of man who had burned her in the past?

With Talia’s application to AlphaGroup, Connor doesn’t challenge his deep need to take on her brother pro bono. His work has been his life and his relationships have remained uncomplicated on purpose. He realized at a young age that it would either be medicine or love. He couldn’t do both well enough to suit his conscience. But there was something about the lovely nurse he couldn’t shake and he’d been trying for months. When he’s thrown together with her over the care of her brother, this sweet, down-to-earth beauty shakes up his upper-crust world and his foundations. Can they somehow meet in the middle or will their goals pull them apart?
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Published on December 07, 2016 04:06 • 9 views

November 12, 2016

SHELTERING LAWSON, a contemporary romance by ZOE, releasing January 23, 2017 and is the third book in the Resisting the Fall series, part of my Hope Parish Novels.


Ethan had no idea why Lawson Edwards was so guarded or why she looked like she was running. But he knew about running away from something: like a preacher father who didn't want to take no for an answer. Ever since he'd gotten out of the Marines, he'd drifted. But when Lawson comes into town for a temporary stay, he knows she's in trouble. His warrior instincts kick in and all he wants to do is shelter her. But this damsel in distress has to stop putting up walls and running long enough to see that Ethan and Suttontowne are her haven...and maybe something permanent if she could be brave enough to stand and fight.


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Lawson Edwards has been running for so long, she can’t remember what it’s like to have a normal life. Destitute, living in her car, this former stripper hits Suttontowne and lands a job as a waitress at Outlaws. It’s only temporary until she gets enough cash to run again. Staying in one place too long wasn’t safe. But when Ethan Fairchild finds her after she faints from hunger, she just can’t shake him. He’s solid and strong, caring and protective. But Lawson cannot and will not involve him in her problems. There can be no happily ever after for her in his arms.

Ethan Fairchild ran off after a nasty fight with his preacher father who wanted Ethan to follow in his footsteps. It wasn’t what he wanted and the expectations for Ethan’s future were too much. Ethan joined the Marines and after his discharge returned back to his father and Suttontowne. Now he’s busy partnering with Chase Sutton on his Bait and Tackle business and still bartending for Outlaws. When he finds Lawson on the ground outside of Outlaw’s, he helps her and his sixth sense tells him that she’s in trouble. It isn’t until he sees the bruises on her, learns of her current destitute circumstances that he realizes what kind of trouble. He wants to help her, but his heart has different plans when it tumbles for her. Will she trust him and make a stand—with him or flee and break his heart?
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Published on November 12, 2016 15:03 • 18 views

October 26, 2016

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The eleventh novel novel in my Hope Parish series features Jake Sutton. It's time for Jake, all six foot two inches of gorgeous muscle, to make a stand. He's the middle child of the siblings and currently hanging out with Anna Kate Montgomery, but he's never been able to get that bohemian cowgirl, Skylar Bramson off his mind. Can Jake find his way when there's so much pressure to polish the tarnished Sutton name, or will he find himself in Sky's beautiful hazel eyes and take what he wants so that they can live happily ever after their way?




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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2016
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Skylar Bransom lost everything when she lost her family’s legacy in a terrible fire. Trying to salvage her life, she moved to Suttontowne to open up and manage the Blue Coyote Spa. Immersing herself in her work is what she needed to overcome her feelings of failure and loss. But then Jake Sutton stepped into her life and slammed those eyes of his into hers. He’s one of the town’s golden boys and he carries the weight of his family’s burdens as once Skylar carried hers. Being the girl from the wrong side of the tracks is not appealing to her. But when she loses her heart to Jake, can Jake overcome his own family pressures? And when something from her past threatens her, will Jake be the man she needs?

Jake Sutton has conceded and had done everything his family expected of him. He’d gone to the right school, learned the family business from the ground up, associated with the right people, and stayed within his own golden boy circle. But ever since he met cowgirl Skylar with her gorgeous eyes and no nonsense personality, he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind. He feels responsible for rebuilding the family name and that means the right woman on his arm and in his bed. As Jake struggles with status and love, he wrestles with his relationship with his family and his brother Chase. As deep dark emotions tear him apart, will Sky be the woman who can show him the way? Or will he buckle under once again and break both their hearts?
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Published on October 26, 2016 12:55 • 33 views

September 2, 2016

Some changes in the wind with my series for Random House. They are now in my hands and I've got some new covers and further news about the two series you're coming to love.



Maybe Tomorrow is in the revision stage and is slated for release in December. Here's the blurb:

Zoe Dawson returns to Laurel Falls, Montana, where big sky meets true love in Maybe Tomorrow, as a jaded New Yorker and a small-town mayor teach each other that the good things in life are meant to be savored.

After growing up dirt poor, Greg Chambers relishes his job as the CEO of a high-powered marketing agency. He couldn’t imagine leaving New York for Laurel Falls, a town so rundown he can practically see the tumbleweeds. But while there to spearhead a new tourism campaign, Greg admits that there’s one bright spot: the widowed mayor whose fighting spirit and exquisite good looks have him struggling to keep things professional.

Trinity Gill is doing everything in her power to revitalize her dazzling but declining town—even while mourning her husband and trying to keep her family together. The last thing she needs is a distraction like Greg, a fast-talking city slicker who works hard and plays harder. So why does her body long for his touch? And why can’t she get his open smile and gleaming eyes off her mind?

Greg has been running on empty for years, but when he finally takes the time to smell the roses, he makes a startling realization: He can be the one to heal Trinity’s wounded heart. And if Trinity would face her deepest fears, maybe tomorrow could be the start of a whole new beginning—together.


A slight variation on the original, but Falcon is still sizzling hot. This book is also in the revision stage and is slated for release in 2017. Here's the blurb:

The athletes agented by Mavrick Allstars aren’t the only things heating up the sports agency. Zoe Dawson’s series continues with more gripping, heartfelt romance as the smart, talented, and sassy female agents continue to pursue their passion for both their profession and their clients.

It’s no secret Trista Jordan has coveted signing Falcon Dane. As one of the newer agents, she has something to prove at the internationally renowned agency. But she knows that taking on Falcon will either make her or break her. She’s determined to get the contract and snag all that explosive and muscled raw talent to rep him to the extreme. Her challenges: keep her hands off his gorgeous body and discover the core of his anger—because the mighty has fallen.

Professional surfer Falcon Dane, once at the top of his sport, struggles with an injury he sustained in a terrible car crash that fractured his pelvis, an accident that left his mother paralyzed. With Trista at the helm, she could help him spark a comeback that will leave both his competitors and sponsors breathless. But the key to success is in his tragic past and the accident that changed his world. Only he can restore the balance he so desperately needs to excel.

But when Trista becomes much more than his agent and he has to delve deep inside to find the real source of his anger, can he risk everything on her?
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Published on September 02, 2016 13:55 • 27 views

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This is the 9th book in the 12 book Coltons of Texas continuity. The first six books in the Coltons of Texas revolves around the seven children of infamous Texas serial killer Matthew Colton. Six of the seven children went into law enforcement and the seventh became a rancher. Now, a new case is uniting all the siblings with a copy-cat serial killer mimicking their father’s MO. In order to catch the serial killer and hopefully clear their youngest sister’s name, each Colton sibling is forced to deal with his/her past in visits to the Blackthorn County Prison to meet with Matthew Colton.

The second six books revolve around the kidnapping of Eldridge Colton, a distant cousin of Matthew Colton and his seven children from two marriages. Each of the children are suspect in the kidnapping and each book eliminates suspects and offers clues as the mystery unfolds to its conclusion. I am part of this storyline.

Books available for purchase and preorder:: Colton Copycat Killer (1) Colton Surprise Heir (2) Colton Baby Homecoming (3) Colton Texas Stakeout (4) Her Colton PI (5) A Baby for Agent Colton (6) Colton Cowboy Hideout (7) The Pregnant Colton Bride (8) High Stakes Colton (9) Colton Family Rescue (10) Runaway Colton (11) Colton Christmas Protector (12)




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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 1 & 7, 2016
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What's a cowboy to do when he falls for the woman he's investigating? Find out in the latest Coltons of Texas romance!

Soul-scarred Texas Ranger Jake McCord is no stranger to hardship and heartache. Assigned to solve a kidnapping case, Jake enters Colton Valley Ranch as a horse whisperer…and watcher. His primary suspect? The victim's daughter, Alanna Colton.

Alluring Alanna is the picture of competence and compassion as she trains horses and helps troubled teens work the ranch. Jake is immediately drawn to her, and their mutual attraction only intensifies as he struggles to keep a clear head on the case. But his troubles are just beginning, as others on the ranch arouse suspicion and threaten all Jake and Alanna hold dear.
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Published on September 02, 2016 12:55 • 12 views

August 22, 2016

WHAT MATTERS MOST, a contemporary romance by ZOE, releasing in 2017 and is the fourth book in the Going to the Dogs 2: The Alphas series.


This is finally Aiden Sinclair's story, Harper's tortured ex-marine brother who save Jared Taylor, Poe's husband during a terrible battle in the middle east. He hasn't ever been able to shake what he'd had to do in the darkness of night, running for their lives, Jared unconscious and bleeding out. Even Jared doesn't know that lengths Aiden went to keep them both safe, get them back to base, back home. Oblivious to his gal Friday, Faith Rodger's love for him, when she tells him in a tender moment, he can't handle it and he pushes her away. Aiden has to find his peace and allow himself to heal and, if he will let her, Faith is ready and willing to be a part of his recovery. That first step is always the hardest...




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Aiden Sinclair is taking one day at a time as he struggles with nightmares and his PTSD from his last tour of duty in the middle east. When his long-time gal Friday, Faith Chapman drops a bomb on him that he’d never seen coming, he reacts badly and she quits. It isn’t until after all the dust settles that he realizes how much he’d relied on her and how much he misses her in his life, but feels it’s for the best. He’s nothing but screwed up. Then Nate Taylor draws him into charity functions for AlphaGroup. Aiden’s philanthropic family is tagged for help with Angel Paws, dog therapy for wounded warriors with PTSD, something that is close to his heart. What he doesn’t expect is it’s Faith’s brainchild.

Faith has been in love with Aiden from the moment she met him when he gave a starving student a job. But after he came back from his tour of duty, he wasn’t the same man and Faith has struggled to keep her secret love for him under wraps. But when it slipped out during a close, tender moment with him and he reacted so badly to the declaration, Faith had no choice but to move on. Now Aiden is involved in her bid to AlphaGroup for financial assistance to turn her Nanna’s rundown estate into a retreat for warriors mentally scarred from the battlefield and the amazing power of canine love to rescue these heroes. Will Aiden’s involvement help him to find his own path to healing? As they draw closer and closer together, can she even hope that he would ever return the love that still burns strongly in her heart and finally discover what matters most?
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Published on August 22, 2016 00:27 • 29 views

August 21, 2016

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Pru Chambers made a deal with Attila the Hun in Vera Wang and she couldn't go back on her word. But unlike the first time she fell in love with Nate Taylor, the second chance is all about a second chance at what she loves best, too--photography. Can these two people who deeply love each other find their way through the baggage they want to leave behind, or will Nate fall prey to what broke them apart in the past--his workaholic ways?



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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 22, 2016
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Stockbroker Nate Taylor knows he lost the love of his life when he screwed up with Pru. He’s trying to move on, working at his job and taking on extra work with AlphaGroup to keep his mind off his failure. Then Harper Shaw (matchmaking behind his back) suggests he use his influence at AlphaGroup for a worthwhile cause, a community garden project. But when a little homeless corgi puppy comes into his life, and the opportunity to get a second chance with Pru, things get messy, confused, and downright complex. But out of chaos, order can be found and Nate might just discover not only his calling, but that love is never lost…it just has to be found again

Photographer Prudence Chambers is gun shy after a devastating artistic photography show flopped big time. She’s fallen back on her safe job manning one of her family’s portrait studios, repressing her biggest desire to be an art photographer. As an act of rebellion, she took that deal with the devil, Harper Shaw (Nate gets a second chance) to take pictures for her wedding and everything changed both personally and professionally. With the promise hanging over her head and Nate heavy on her mind, she agrees to work with him on a community garden project. She’s sure the workaholic will never change, never really understand her deep down, and never commit. She sets out to prove Harper wrong…but even the worst intentions can lead you down the right garden path.
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Published on August 21, 2016 23:44 • 24 views

July 25, 2016

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The tenth novel novel in my Hope Parish series features Chase Sutton.Six foot two inches of gorgeous lone wolf rebel. Blue eyes, sun-warmed brown hair and a boyish face that is full of mischief. His hard, muscular body is honed from carving a life out of the untamed bayou. He's the oldest of the siblings and currently estranged from his family. He was being groomed to take over the family business, but right after high school, something happened to him and he up and left the family estate and disappeared into the bayou. His family doesn't know why or what happened to make him leave everything behind. He's built himself a successful fishing and touring business in the bayou. He currently provides seafood to local residents, including Yankee restaurant owner, Samantha Wharton. She's running from her past, too. Together they may be able to find a place where they can put everything behind them.


 

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2016
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Samantha Wharton had escaped New York City to settle in Suttontowne and run Imogene’s, a quaint and historical eatery, struggling with a devastating painful past. She thought her heart had died along with her family, but when she meets Chase Sutton, the fallen son of the town’s founder, she cannot seem to hang onto her bruised and battered heart.

Chase Sutton was tired of being told what to do and whom to know. After the discovery of a devastating family secret, he left his life completely behind and opened up a bait and tackle shop supplying seafood to the local merchants. The simple life suits him fine. It isn’t until falls into Samantha’s sad eyes that he realizes what he’s lost. But how can he offer Samantha a future when he hasn’t dealt with his own past?
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Published on July 25, 2016 01:15 • 33 views

June 21, 2016

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The first novel in the Mavricks Allstar series features Gunner Smith, a surfer who decides to chuck everything he's known to pursue his own dreams. But sometimes life sends you a curve ball and he finds himself with an amazing offer from a beautiful sports agent, Helena "Lena" Mavrick that could change his life. He becomes more than her client, more than he could ever imagine. The only thing that's holding him back is...him. Add into the mix his abusive coach father and Gunner finds that everything he wants is on the other side of fear.Can he overcome, strive for the pinnacle and win?


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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2016
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The world of extreme sports just got a little steamier! Zoe Dawson’s pulse-pounding, emotional series follows the wily young female agents of Mavrick Allstars as they chase their dreams—and meet the chiseled athletes who make them come true.

Helena “Lena” Mavrick is ready to prove that she can play with the big boys. Working at her father’s internationally renowned agency, Mavrick Allstars, Lena sets her sights on one of the most coveted phenoms out there: a twenty-four-year-old surfer caught ripping it in a viral skateboarding video. Signing him would be a huge win—and his marketing appeal isn’t the only thing that makes Lena’s heart skip a beat. Trouble is, fraternizing with the client is against company policy.

Professional surfer Gunner Smith lives under the absolute control of his coach—until he takes the ultimate risk and starts over as a skateboarder. Gunner swore he wouldn’t give up his freedom again, but Lena’s out-of-the-blue offer makes him think long and hard. She’s smart, she’s bold, she’s got sponsors lined up around the corner—plus she’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s just not sure his coach will let him get away that easily, because he’s not just Gunner’s coach, he’s also his father.

Gunner is used to hiding his tortured past. But when his steamy affair with Lena threatens their future, he must decide whether he will sacrifice everything for the woman who’s stolen his heart.
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Published on June 21, 2016 05:00 • 41 views

June 19, 2016

HANDLING SKYLAR, a contemporary romance by ZOE, releasing October 17, 2016 and is the second book in the Resisting the Fall series, part of my Hope Parish Novels.



Jake Sutton: In the middle between Chase and River Pearl and caught between his own hopes and dreams and his family obligations. He’s arrogant, privileged, and chafes at buckling under his father’s yoke. He’s six feet of danger with dark blonde hair and green eyes. He’s more hot-headed than Chase, and less diplomatic than River. He struggles with his resentment of Chase who he feels betrayed not only him, but his family when he lost it and disappeared. His inability at finding balance is only eclipsed by the love he has for his family, especially his protectiveness of his sister, River. It’ll take a strong, no-nonsense woman to tame the middle Sutton sibling. What happens when Jake falls for a woman that’s nowhere near his social status?




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Skylar Bransom lost everything when she lost her family’s legacy to the bank. Trying to salvage her life, she moved to Suttontowne to open up and manage the Blue Coyote Spa. Immersing herself in her work is what she needed to overcome her feelings of failure and loss. But then Jake Sutton stepped into her life and slammed those deep green eyes of his into hers. He’s one of the town’s golden boys and he carries the weight of his family’s burdens as once Skylar carried hers. Being the girl from the wrong side of the tracks is not appealing to her. But when she loses her heart to Jake, can Jake overcome his own family pressures? And when something from her past threatens her, will Jake be the man she needs?

Jake Sutton has conceded and done everything his family expected of him. He’s gone to the right school, learned the family business from the ground up, associated with the right people, and stayed within his own golden boy circle but ever since he met cowgirl Skylar with her gorgeous eyes and no nonsense personality, he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind. He feels responsible for rebuilding the family name and that means the right woman on his arm and in his bed. As Jake struggles with status and love, he wrestles with his relationship with his family and his brother Chase. As deep dark emotions tear him apart, will Sky be the woman who can show him the way? Or will he buckle under once again and break both their hearts?


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Published on June 19, 2016 18:27 • 27 views